ukraine news: Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia wants to ‘erase’ Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday accused Russia, which has launched an invasion of his country, of seeking to “erase” Ukrainians, their country and their history.

In a video address, the Ukrainian leader said a missile strike on a target at the site of a Holocaust massacre shows that “for many people in Russia, our Kyiv is completely alien.”

Tuesday night’s attack damaged Kiev’s main television mast, which was built at Babi Yar, the site of Kiev’s largest massacre of Jews in World War II and a place of memorial and pilgrimage.

Five people were killed in the strike itself, according to Ukrainian authorities, and for Zelensky, the symbolism of the place underscored the Russian threat to Ukrainian identity.

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“They don’t know anything about our capital. About our history. But they have orders to erase our history. Erase our country. Erase all of us,” he said of President Vladimir’s invasion force Putin.

The Ukrainian president complained that under the Soviet regime the authorities had built the TV tower and a sports complex on a “special part of Europe, a place of prayer, a place of memory”.

“Outbuildings. They built a park there. To erase the true history of Babi Yar… It’s beyond humanity,” he said.

“Such a missile strike shows that for many people in Russia, our Kyiv is completely foreign. They know nothing about our capital. About our history,” he said.

“But they have orders to erase our history. Erase our country. Erase all of us.”

And he urged Jews around the world to speak out.

“I speak now to all the Jews of the world. Don’t you see what is happening? That is why it is very important that millions of Jews around the world do not remain silent at this time,” he said. he declared.

“Nazism was born in silence. So shout about the murders of civilians. Shout about the murders of Ukrainians.”

Christi C. Elwood