President Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskysaid he did not want the President Russia, Vladimir Putinlikening the Moscow invasion to victory over the Nazis, Monday (9/5).
“Today we celebrate Victory Day over the Nazis. We are proud of our ancestors who worked with other countries in the anti-Hitler coalition to defeat Nazism. And we will not allow anyone to usurp this victory. We will not allow that to be the same,” he said. Zelensky in a video message, quoted from AFP.
Zelensky also claimed that several Ukrainian cities now controlled by Russian troops, namely Mariupol, Kherson, and Crimea, had become hot spots in World War II. During World War II, Ukrainian troops succeeded in driving Nazi German troops from these cities.
“The names of these cities inspire us today. They gave us confidence that we could drive the invaders out of our land,” he said.
“We won then. We will win today,” he continued.
Russia invaded Ukraine since last February. The Kremlin also claims that the military operation was carried out to ‘denazify’ Ukraine.
Both camps also often attribute the actions of opposing forces to Nazi Germany.