Germany banned Ukraine (and Russian) flags at WWII memorials.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said over 60 people died after Russia bombed a school in Luhansk, which is a region controlled by separatists since 2014.
It’s May 9th, which means it’s Victory Day in Russia. How will Russia react to Ukraine? Russian President Vladimir Putin already called Ukraine’s government “Nazi filth” despite the fact that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.
Germany also showed it remains spinless by banning Ukrainian flags at WWII memorials. It also banned Russian flags and military music.
Belarus Dictator Parrots Putin’s Claims
Alexander Lukashenko, Putin’s little puppet, repeated Putin’s claims about the West:
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a key ally of Moscow, has accused the West of supporting Nazi ideas and of being “at war with Russia” in Ukraine.
“Followers of the Nazis are obsessed with the idea of revenge, but they are not ready to fight openly against the heirs of the Soviet people,” Mr Lukashenko said at a speech on Victory Day, an annual holiday in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.
“That’s why they are flooding Ukraine with weapons, waging war on memorials, symbols and veterans,” he said.
Mr Lukashenko accused “Western elites” of elevating “Nazism to the rank of state ideology”.
“It’s no secret that the whole Western world is at war with Russia in Ukraine,” said 67-year-old, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994.
He also slammed Western sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus since the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine.
“Nobody abroad cares that the Belarusian army is not involved in the fighting,” he said, adding that these “attempt to suffocate” Belarus “will only make it stronger”.
“Belarusians are not aggressors, but remaining an ally and a strategic partner of our fraternal Russia, we will support it in every possible way,” Mr Lukashenko said.
Russia Ambassador to Poland Splattered With Red Paint
Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreyev was splattered with red paint when he went to place a wreath at a cemetery for Soviet soldiers in Warsaw.
The Russian ambassador to Poland was doused with red paint during an attempt to lay flowers at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers, Russian state agencies reported citing local correspondents. pic.twitter.com/H3wZ9u4jXC
— Mary Ilyushina (@maryilyushina) May 9, 2022
Putin’s Morning Speech
Putin claimed Ukraine was a threat:
“Russia has always stood up for an international system of equality,” Putin said, according to a translation from the German outlet Deutsche-Welle. “We have always tried to find compromise solutions… Other countries had completely different plans.”
“They have tried to attack our historical territories like the Crimea. They have threatened to use nuclear war, and the West has supported these military actions carried out in our neighborhood and that is why it was a threat we couldn’t accept,” the Russian president added. He claimed there was a “threat to our border.”
“We have seen the military infrastructure developed,” Putin claimed, mentioning “more and more international military advisors coming into the country. The country was provided with modern weapons. There was a threat that was growing day by day.”
Putin condemned the U.S. by name. “The United States of America, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union,… has humiliated not only the whole world, but also their satellite states.”
“They have tried to denigrate the memory of the Second World War,” he charged.
Putin also claimed that “the enemies of our country have tried to use international terrorism against us,” likely referring to the increased sanctions against Russia and the seizure of Russian oligarchs’ assets abroad.
Putin said those living today are “the successor generation” to the generation that fought World War II. “Those who won a victory over fascism in the Second World War are a symbol for us,” he said.
“Today in the Donbas, the militia and our forces stand up in order to defend our territory,” Putin said. “We have many people we should remember, and they are now supporting us in the Donbas. You are fighting for your homeland, for the future of our homeland.”
Evoking the history of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany on May 9, 1945, Putin repeatedly tied the current government of Ukraine – which is headed by the Jewish President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – to the Nazis.
“We are dealing with Nazis,” he said when mentioning the ostensible threat of Ukraine. “We are going to punish the Nazis,” he vowed while cheering on Russian troops in the Donbas.
“We also would like to respect those who fought with us in 2014,” Putin added, hailing “the peaceful people in the Donbas who were killed by the Nazis.”
Zelenskyy’s WWII Speech
From Zelenskyy’s website:
Decades after World War II, darkness returned to Ukraine. And it became black and white again. Again! Evil has returned. Again! In a different uniform, under different slogans, but for the same purpose. A bloody reconstruction of Nazism was organized in Ukraine. A fanatical repetition of this regime. Its ideas, actions, words and symbols. Maniacal detailed reproduction of its atrocities and “alibi”, which allegedly give an evil sacred purpose. Repetition of its crimes and even attempts to surpass the “teacher” and move him from the pedestal of the greatest evil in human history. Set a new world record for xenophobia, hatred, racism and the number of victims they can cause.
Never again! It was an ode of a wise man! Anthem of the civilized world! But someone sang out of tune. Distorted “Never again” with notes of doubt. Silenced, beginning his deadly aria of evil. And this is clear to all countries that have seen the horrors of Nazism with their own eyes. And today they are experiencing a terrible deja vu. See it again!
All nations who have been branded “third-class”, slaves without the right to their own state or to exist at all hear statements that exalt one nation and erase others with ease. They claim that you don’t really exist, you are artificially created, and therefore you have no rights. Everyone hears the language of evil. Again!
And together they acknowledge the painful truth: we have not withstood even a century. Our Never again was enough for 77 years. We missed the evil. It was reborn. Again and now!
This is understood by all countries and nations who support Ukraine today. And despite the new mask of the beast, they recognized him. Because, unlike some, they remember what our ancestors fought for and against. They did not confuse the first with the second, did not change their places, did not forget.
Mariupol Defenders Still in Steel Plant
Ukraine still has defenders in the Azovstal steel plant:
Ukraine forces holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steel works in the Russian controlled city of Mariupol said Sunday that they were unable to surrender fearing reprisals from Russian forces.
“We, all of the military personnel in the garnison of Mariupol, we have witnessed the war crimes performed by Russia, by the Russian army. We are witnesses. Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives,” said Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer.
Germany Bans Ukrainian Flags at WWII Memorials
Ukraine has kept Germany’s feet to the fire due to the government remaining wish-washy towards Russia. Germany gets a ton of its energy sources from Russia.
The authorities said that they did not want any “sentiment at Vladimir Putin’s war to ‘spill over’ into” WWII commemorations. How would they feel if a Pole came out and unleashed a Polish flag? I mean, let’s not forget what the Nazis and Russians did to Ukraine.
You would think Germany, of all nations commemorating WWII, would want these sentiments as we face the possibility of another world war:
Since 1945, monuments have been erected across Berlin to mark the defeat of the Nazis as well as the heavy loss of Soviet lives.
However, police said this year they were banning the display of any Russian or Ukrainian flags near those memorials, and also issued a ban on playing military music near them.
“The act of remembering, as well as the respect for memorials and monuments, must be preserved against the background of Russia’s current war of aggression in Ukraine,” Berlin police said in a statement.
“The war must not be allowed to spill over into conflicts or disputes in Berlin beyond the democratic discourse.”
The move has angered Ukrainian officials, with Andrij Melnyk, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, branding it a “slap in the face” to the people of Ukraine.
“This not only shows a lack of tact; it is a catastrophic political decision,” he added.
Dozens Dead in Luhansk
Pro-Russian separatists have been in control of the Luhansk region since 2014. Russia officially made its presence known on February 24, which means even more fighting.
Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region, said the majority of people in the village of Bilohorivka took shelter in a school. Russia bombed the school, killing 60:
Bilohorivka is close to the government-held city of Severodonetsk, where heavy fighting was reported in the suburbs on Saturday. One Ukrainian newspaper, Ukrayinska Pravda, says the village became a “hot spot” during fighting last week.
The blast brought down the building which caught fire and it took firefighters three hours to extinguish the blaze, according to the governor, writing on Telegram.
He said almost the entire village had been sheltering in the basement of the school.
The final death toll would only be known when the rubble had been cleared, the governor said.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he was “appalled” by the deadly attack, adding: “civilians must always be spared in times of war”.
WWII ended in Europe 77 years ago. Putin praised the former Soviet republics in a speech. Someone needs to look in the mirror:
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared that “as in 1945, victory will be ours” as he congratulated former Soviet nations on the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II.
“Today, our soldiers, as their ancestors, are fighting side by side to liberate their native land from the Nazi filth with the confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours,” said Putin, who sent Russian troops into Ukraine in February.
“Today, it is our common duty to prevent the rebirth of Nazism which caused so much suffering to the peoples of different countries,” said Putin. He added he hoped “new generations may be worthy of the memory of their fathers and grandfathers”.
Putin also made multiple references not just to soldiers but also civilians on the “home front… who smashed Nazism at the cost of countless sacrifices”.
“Sadly, today, Nazism is rearing its head once more,” claimed Putin who has insisted that Ukraine is in the grip of fascism.
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