Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky warned that the Russian invasion of Ukraine supposes a resurgence of the “monster” of Nazism whose defeat Ukraine celebrates this Sunday, May 8, on the Day of Memory and Reconciliation, heir to the Victory Day that was celebrated in the Soviet Union and still today in Russia.
Zelensky has recalled the “never more” which is enunciated on each anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, also by the Ukrainians who fought in that war, and reproached that since February 24, the date of the beginning of the Russian invasion, this phrase remained on a dead letter.
“You say never again. Tell him Ukraine. On February 24, the word ‘never’ was deleted. Bullets and bombs. Hundreds of rockets at 4:00 in the morning that woke up the whole of Ukraine. We hear the terrible explosions. We hear ‘again’”Zelensky said in a recorded speech outside the Borodianka towers in the kyiv region, nine-story civilian buildings bombed by Russian forces.
“Our cities survived the terrible occupation and it took us almost 80 years to forget it, but we have seen an occupation again. It is the second occupation in our history and in cases like Mariúpol, the third. The Nazis killed 10,000 civilians in the two years of occupation. Russia has killed 20,000 in two months of occupation”assured.
For Zelensky, “Evil has returned again (…). With a different form, with different slogans, but with the same objective”. “They repeat their crimes and even try to surpass the teacher and displace him from the pedestal of the greatest evil in human history, to establish a new world record for xenophobia, hatred, racism and the number of victims,” he warned.
However, the Ukrainian president has stressed that “the truth will win.” “We will overcome everything and the proof of that is Werewolf, the former Hitler bunker that was near Vinnitsia, where all that remains is a few ruins, remains of those who were considered splendid and invincible,” he commented.
Zelensky highlighted the fight against the Nazis of the Ukrainians -then framed in the Soviet Union- and indicated that their feat shows that “no evil escapes responsibility”. “They will not be able to hide in a bunker. Not a stone will be left unturned,” she stressed.
“And there will be peace again. Finally again. We will overcome the winter that began on February 24 and lasts until May 8, but it will finally end and melt under the Ukrainian sun,” he said, while promising that the Ukrainian flag will fly again in the Russian-occupied territories.
Russian attack on a school
The regional governor of Lugansk, Serhiy Gaidai, reported through Telegram about this attack on the Belogorovka school that served as a refuge: “Probably the 60 people who are buried have died.”
Up to 90 people were sheltering in that school, which collapsed as a result of the attack, while 30 managed to be rescued.
The school occupies an area of 300 square meters, next to the House of Culture, and was being used as a refuge by citizens.
Belogorovka is located in one of the areas of the separatist region of Luhansk that has been heavily fought between Ukrainian and Russian troops.
Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal steel mill, in the besieged port city of Mariupol, continue to resist despite Russian attacks, after yesterday, Saturday, the evacuation of women, children and the elderly who were refugees in that industrial complex, reports the ukrinform portal.
Russian troops have increased their attacks on the steel plant in recent hours but, according to Ukrainian sources, nine of those attacks were repelled overnight.
The Ukrainian deputy prime minister, Iryna Vereshchuk, reported this Saturday that the evacuation of the civilian refugees in Azovstal had been completed, with the last group of 50 people being removed from there.
Since then, it has been feared that the Russian troops will launch their final assault, with the aim, according to kyiv, of organizing a parade through Mariupol to coincide with Victory Day over Nazi Germany, which is commemorated tomorrow, the 9th.
The Ukrainian president yesterday estimated at about 300 the number of civilians who have managed to be evacuated during the last days of Azovstal, while work continues, he assured, to remove the citizens who remain in Mariupol, as well as the wounded soldiers.
More fighting in Donbas
The Ukrainian authorities have reported in recent hours new and heavy fighting with Russian artillery throughout Donbas, where the separatist regions of the east of the country are located, in which Moscow has concentrated its operation.
Ukrainian troops continue to defend, according to their own sources, the city of Poposna, in Lugansk, despite the fact that the Russian side had claimed that it had fallen under their control.
In the south, the efforts of the Ukrainian military command are concentrated on trying to regain control of the city of Kherson, under Russian control.
(with information from EP and EFE)
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