In a speech on Sunday, Ukraine’s president compares the bombings in his country to the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II.
Commemoration of the end of World War II had a painful resonance this year for the conquered Ukrainians. On the occasion of May 8, the anniversary of Germany’s surrender, President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed his people in a long video speech, which was broadcast Sunday morning on social media, drawing an analogy between the bombing of his country and the attacks of Hitler. “This year, ‘Never Again’ resonates differently for us‘, the chief begins standing, planted in the bleak decor of the burning buildings.
“On February 24, the word “never” was erased. dropped and bombed. With hundreds of missiles at 4 in the morning, which woke up all of Ukraine‘, he recalls in this letter.On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliationmuch to the astonishment of his people and the world at the outbreak ofspecial operation“Russian. “Evil has returned. again!“.
The head of state, in turn, challenges the countries that suffered from the aggression of the Führer. Starting with Poland, the country whereThe Nazis began their march and fired the first shot in World War II». “Remember that evil first accuses you, provokes you, calls you the aggressor, and then attacks at 4:45 saying it is self-defense‘, says Zelensky to the address of the Poles. Then the head of state reminds the British of Coventry “erasedto checkLidice was destroyed, leaving only the ashes of the villageTo the Dutch RotterdamThe first city was completely destroyed»And Receive “97 tons of bombsThe Nazis brought it down.
The Ukrainian president also addresses France to recall the worst massacres perpetrated by the Nazis. “The French remember it. Remember Oradour-sur-Glane, where the SS burned alive half a thousand women and children. Mass hanging in Toul and massacre in the village of Asq. Thousands of demonstrators marched in resistance in the occupied city of Lille. He enumerates, comparing the attacks on his country from Russia,In Bucha, Irpin, Borodinka, Volnova, and Trostianets».
As Russia itself fought against Hitler in 1945 at the cost of multiple sacrifices, Volodymyr Zelensky invokes the image of the new Russian aggressor. “Unfortunately, there are those who survived all these crimes and lost millions who fought for victory and were victorious in it, desecrating their memories and their achievements today.‘, confirms. And to refer, without naming him, to the master of the Kremlin, ‘This is why I wrote to youwho made himself an aggressor against Ukraine inThe challenge of all mankind“.”who spat in the face of the Immortal Regiment. (People’s Memorial Parade held every May 9 in Russia, editor’s note)And he puts executioners from Boutsha next to him‘, accuses Zelensky, and ends nonetheless with a hopeful note.I forgot the main thing: all evil always ends the same way – it ends“.
“Many are waiting for Putin’s speech on May 9. But Zelensky’s memory of May 8 will certainly go down in history, at least for us researchers.‘, underline on Twitter Russia specialist Anna Kulin Lebedev. In fact, Russia celebrates the end of World War II one day after the Europeans, considering that the German surrender was signed on May 8 at 11:10 pm Berlin time, and thus at 1:10 am Moscow time. Ukraine was doing the same until 2015. After the annexation of Crimea, the country distanced itself from the East and decided to adopt European time, thus celebrating the end of the war on May 8.
Thus Volodymyr Zelensky chose a style that is alarming and embodied, both in terms of content and form of his speech. “There is a break in style with the classic speech of a head of state, as often happens with ZelenskyAnalyze researcher Anna Colin Lebedev. “And we can bet that the contrast will be striking with Putin’s speech tomorrow“.