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Following a missile strike on the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial site in Kyiv Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asserted that the Russians were trying to erase their history and Putin’s destructive actions were “beyond humanity.”
“This is beyond humanity,” Zelenskyy declared in a speech, according to a translation from the Associated Press. “Such missile strike means that, for many Russians, our Kyiv is absolute foreign. They know nothing about our capital, about our history. They have orders to erase our history, our country, and all of us.”
“Russian mothers are losing their children in an absolute foreign country for them,” he continued. “Think about this number, almost 6,000 Russian soldiers were killed.”
“To get what? Get Ukraine? It is impossible,” he charged. “This is not to be changed by missiles, bombs, tanks, any strikes. We are in our native land. And for the war against us there will be an International Tribunal for them.”
“What will be next if even Babyn Yar (is hit), what other ‘military’ objects, ‘NATO bases’ are threatening Russia?” Zelenskyy asked. “Sophie’s Cathedral, Lavra, Andrew’s Church? Whatever they dream about. Damn them.”
(Video Credit: Fox News)
Video of the aftermath of the Russian strike on Kyiv's iconic television transmission tower, which is adjacent to Babyn Yar pic.twitter.com/ZgjHnxqBaS
— Sam Sokol (@SamuelSokol) March 1, 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin claims the attack on Ukraine is an attempt to “de-Nazify” the country. But his assertion was a thinly veiled justification for getting the Russian band back together, resolidifying another piece of the Soviet empire.
The cruel irony of that statement is not lost on Jews considering an estimated 33,000 Jews perished at the site that Putin just bombed. Zalenskyy is also Jewish and had family members who died in the Holocaust. The Russians have compared him to the Jews who were forced to collaborate with Hitler’s henchmen in an effort to denigrate the Ukrainian leader.
Kyiv TV tower, which has just been hit by a Russian missile, is situated on the territory of Babyn Yar. On September 29-30, 1941, Nazis killed over 33 thousand Jews here. 80 years later, Russian Nazis strike this same land to exterminate Ukrainians. Evil and barbaric.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 1, 2022
“To the world: what is the point of saying ‘never again’ for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the same site of Babyn Yar? At least 5 killed. History repeating…,” Zelenskyy asserted on Twitter.
To the world: what is the point of saying «never again» for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the same site of Babyn Yar? At least 5 killed. History repeating…
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 1, 2022
“I am now addressing the Jews of the world: don’t you see what is happening?” Zelensky bluntly asked. “That is why it is very important that millions of Jews around the world do not remain silent now.”
“Nazism is born in silence,” he gravely warned, according to the Jerusalem Post, “so shout about the killing of civilians, of Ukrainians.”
Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center Chair Natan Sharansky slammed the strike, according to Haaretz, charging that “Putin seeks to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country is utterly abhorrent. It is symbolic that he starts attacking Kyiv by bombing the site of the Babyn Yar, the biggest of Nazi massacre.”
Ukrainian officials compared the Russians bombing of Kharkiv, the second-largest city in Ukraine, to the Nazi siege on the city back in 1941 during World War II.
“This reminds you of something doesn’t it?” Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya said at an emergency meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, according to Fox News. “Indeed, very clear parallels could be drawn to the beginning of the Second World War.”
Barbaric Russian missile strikes on the central Freedom Square and residential districts of Kharkiv. Putin is unable to break Ukraine down. He commits more war crimes out of fury, murders innocent civilians. The world can and must do more. INCREASE PRESSURE, ISOLATE RUSSIA FULLY! pic.twitter.com/tN4VHF1A9n
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 1, 2022
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also compared Russia to Nazi Germany as it attacked Kyiv.
“Horrific Russian rocket strikes on Kyiv,” Kuleba said on Twitter. “Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany. Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia. [Sever] all ties. Kick Russia out of [everywhere].”
A TV tower was taken out when the Holocaust memorial was hit according to Ukrainian authorities. It appears the attack was an effort to cut Kyiv’s communication lines to the rest of the world which is a standard operating procedure when an enemy invades a country.
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