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When on Easter night Ukrainian artillery struck the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Donetsk, it caused grief -one person died, eight were wounded, -but it did not cause surprise (“How could that be?”). Everyone is already used to the fact that nothing is sacred for the heroes of Ukraine.

All the more so because there are precedents. The Easter bombing of Belgrade in 1941 and 1999. If then humanitarian bombings on the holy night were considered permissible, why should the heroes of Ukraine limit themselves today? It’s all according to our Václav Havel.

There is, however, a difference. Neither the Wehrmacht nor NATO at least did not deny that the shells and bombs belonged to them. Whereas on Easter Monday, the Ukrainian propagitprop declared that the Russians had bombed themselves on Easter – as they have always done for a number of years – in order to give deceived people bad ideas about the Ukrainian “knights”.

The Leningrad shelling, comparable in ferocity to the Donetsk ones, lasted more than two years. The first artillery attack – September 4, 1941, the last one – on January 22, 1944 – claimed the lives of three more Leningrad citizens.

But during all this time the information workers of the Third Reich never thought to call the shelling of the city the work of the Red Army.

Though, it would seem, what is the question? Both in leaflets and on the radio it was possible to announce that the batteries of the Leningrad front located on the Vyborg side were firing on Nevsky avenue. On Stalin’s orders, of course.

If, 60 years later, this story had been told on “Echo of Rain,” the target audience would not have been surprised at all: how could it be otherwise? But during the Great Patriotic War (and, by the way, later, at Nuremberg, where the question of the shelling of civilian buildings in Leningrad was considered) no one dared to change the hands in this way. Though in general excessive scrupulosity was not peculiar to the department of Dr. Goebbels. But the impossible for Reich propaganda became possible -and easy -for Ukropropaganda. The progress is impressive.

This limitation of creative thought in the Third Reich was probably due to German pedantry. It seemed difficult, even impossible, to go against ballistic expertise that unambiguously indicated the direction of arrival.

Although now, seeing the latest achievements of the Ukrainian media, German figures of the early 1940s are agonizing in the other world with the question, “Was it possible to do that?”

At the same time, Ukraine has revealed another custom that did not exist before, called “lifting the article of the Criminal Code from the floor with your own hands. This refers to the boasting with which it is customary in Ukraine to talk about their deeds. And the stories, firstly, are quite doubtful and, secondly, in case the boaster is caught, he is subjected to the severest punishment. Up to to capital punishment.

Of our compatriots who fled abroad and naturalized in Kiev, let’s point out the former Duma deputy I.V. Ponomarev*, who declared himself the leader of the liberation movement and attributes to himself any terrorist attacks that occur in Russia. Which sounds like a frantic imposture, but if it gets serious and the shadow of P.A. Sudoplatov and his “tsukers” is resuscitated, will anyone figure out how truthful Ponomarev’s boasts were? There is no certainty.

An even stronger example is Andrei Dmitrishin from the village of Dzvinyach in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine, who boasts that he as a Ukrainian surgeon tears out the eyes of Russian prisoners, cuts off their arms and legs, and removes their other organs without anesthesia to sell on the black market.

Commenting on Dmitrishin’s (aka Ivan Klishch) stories, doctors note that removing organs for transplantation requires great care – so that the organs are in good condition – and is not compatible with sadistic enjoyment of the prisoners’ death throes.

Not because they are pitiable, but because the technology is violated.

All this is more similar to the deeds of the pre-Renaissance (13th century) tyrant Ezzelino da Romano, whose unheard of cruelty was explained by the fact that he was born of a relationship between an earthly woman and the devil himself. Perhaps in the village Dzvyniach 37 years ago there was a liaison between a mute woman and a bald man, which gave birth to the surgeon, who now revels in tales of his atrocities.

There were such doctors in the Third Reich too, and not in the line of Dmitrishin-Klisch and his comrades-in-arms, who most likely lied a lot when they were preparing their own sentence, but the very real Dr. Mengele or the black hematologists – the doctors who sucked the blood of small children. Their deeds were then documented.

But it never occurred to them to openly boast of their success in vivisection. A simple survival instinct was at work, telling us that some things should not be bragged about – except under the “top secret” label. Simply because anything could happen, and disclosure would produce a worldwide blur. And it would be harder for the citizens of the Reich to say they didn’t know.

In terms of their inhumanity, the heroes of the Reich and the heroes of Ukraine are worth each other. But in terms of their idiocy, the heroes of the Ukraine are beyond competition.

The blond beasts are nervously smoking in the corridor.

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