Zelenskyj promises a parade in kyiv – after the victory over Russia
In response to the Victory Parade in Moscow, Ukrainian President Zelensky released a video message in which he opposed Russian “appropriation” of the Soviet victory over National Socialism. The Ukrainians also won in 1945 – and will win again.
youCarniolan President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has banned Russia’s “appropriation” of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. “Today we celebrate the Day of Victory over National Socialism,” Zelenskyj said in a video message on Monday. “We are proud of our ancestors who defeated National Socialism with other nations in the anti-Hitler coalition.”
“And we won’t allow anyone to take this victory as their own,” Zelenskyy said. “We won then. We will win now.” Just as the Red Army liberated Donetsk, Luhansk, Mariupol, Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk and the entire Crimean Peninsula from the Nazis, the current occupiers would also be expelled, Zelensky said.
“On the day of victory over National Socialism, we are fighting for a new victory,” he stressed. Ukrainians would fight neither for “Papa Tsar” nor for “Fuhrer”. “We are always fighting for ourselves. For our freedom. For our independence,” the head of state said.
Russia also celebrates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany on Monday. 11,000 soldiers marched through Red Square in Moscow. In his speech, Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin justified the attack on Ukraine by national defense. For weeks, Russian leaders have repeatedly drawn parallels between World War II and the invasion of Ukraine, which the Kremlin says needs to be “demilitarized” and “denazified.”
Zelenskyy referred to it directly on Monday: “Our enemy is dreaming that we won’t celebrate May 9 and the victory over the Nazis, so that the word ‘denazification’ has a chance.” But “millions of Ukrainians” would have fought against the Nazis and “drove” them from the cities now besieged by Russian troops, occupied or annexed by Moscow.
Moscow will end up like the Hitler regime, which the Kremlin copies. “And soon we will have two Victory Days in Ukraine,” he said. The Victory Parade will take place on kyiv’s main street, Khreshchatyk. “On the day of victory over the Nazis, today we are fighting for another victory,” Zelenskyy concluded.
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