Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko responded to Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, who compared the greeting "Glory to Ukraine" to the slogan of Croatian ustas.
He responded diplomatically, very politely. At the same time, it is obvious that Milanovic made his statement deliberately because he is a supporter of Putin and fascist Russia, which he has repeatedly proved with his statements. Moreover, his comparison of "Glory to Ukraine" to some radical slogans is simply nonsense.
On his Facebook page, Nikolenko posted a screenshot of the news with Milanovic's words, which he captioned: "Glory to Ukraine! Živjela Hrvatska!" ("Long live Croatia!" - ed.). Živjela Hrvatska has the same meaning for Croats as "Glory to Ukraine" has for Ukrainians.
Živjela Hrvatska is also the name of a patriotic Croatian song, the words of which were written by the famous Croatian writer August Šenoa and the music by the composer Ivan Zajc in the mid-nineteenth century.
Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, known for his pro-Russian views, said that the slogan "Glory to Ukraine" has the same origin as the chant of the Croatian Ustasha, an extreme right-wing group that operated in the country during World War II.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 01/06/2023