Vladimir Putin accused this Friday “neo-Nazis in Ukraine” of committing crimes against civilians, on the occasion of the international day of the victims of the Holocaust, a rhetoric that the Russian president regularly uses to justify his military offensive.
“Forgetting the lessons of history leads to the repetition of terrible tragedies. Proof of this are the crimes against civilians, ethnic cleansing (and) punitive actions organized by neo-Nazis in Ukraine,” Putin said in a statement. “It is against this evil that our soldiers are fighting courageously” in Ukraine, he added.
Zelensky speaks in a video
Also commemorating the Holocaust, Volodymyr Zelensky stressed that “indifference and hatred” continue to kill, alluding to Russia’s military offensive.
“Today, as always, Ukraine honors the memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust. We know that together, indifference and hatred kill,” Zelensky, himself a Jew, said in a social media video.