Zelenskiy Asks to Address Israel Holocaust Museum on Ukraine Crisis | world news

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked to speak to Israel’s main Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, about the Russian invasion of his country, in which both sides invoked genocide Nazi.

Yad Vashem said in a statement Thursday that it would discuss the proposal with Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel on Sunday. The Ukrainian Embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.

Zelenskiy has sought to drum up support with video briefings from overseas audiences that have included the US Congress and UK Parliament. Earlier this week, he asked to address the Israeli parliament but was told he was about to go on vacation, according to a spokesman for the assembly.

Russia has said it aims to “denazify” Ukraine, a claim dismissed as nonsense by Kiev and Western countries. Zelenskiy, who is Jewish, said Russian shelling near Babyn Yar, a Holocaust memorial in Kyiv, on March 3 suggested “history is repeating itself.”

Earlier Thursday, Yad Vashem announced it had suspended a strategic partnership with Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch who has faced sanctions abroad since invading Ukraine.

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Yad Vashem announced last month that funding promised by Abramovich would bolster its efforts in the areas of Holocaust research and remembrance.

Britain also froze the assets of Chelsea football club owner Abramovich on Thursday.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Gareth Jones)

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