Putin uses Holocaust commemorations to point finger at 'neo-Nazis in Ukraine'
Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, near Moscow, January 27, 2023. via REUTERS - SPUTNIK
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January 27, international day dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, corresponds to the date of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Auschwitz 2 camp. But this year, while the war is raging in Ukraine, no representative of Russia was invited by Poland to the celebrations organized for the 78ᵉ anniversary of the liberation of the camp.
If Russia was not invited to the celebrations for the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland this Friday, January 27, the Russian president did not forget this date and did not miss the opportunity to attack Ukraine again on this international day dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Forgetting the lessons of history leads to the repetition of terrible tragedies
The proof of this is the crimes against civilians, the ethnic cleansing and the punitive actions organized by the neo-Nazis in Ukraine
,” Vladimir Putin detailed in a press release.
Before adding: “
it is against this evil that our soldiers are fighting courageously
To justify Russian intervention, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denounced "
", according to him, of the Russian-speaking populations of eastern Ukraine and described the government of Volodymyr Zelensky as "
Any attempt to revise our country's contribution to the Great Victory actually amounts to justifying the crimes of Nazism, paving the way for the revival of its murderous ideology
", hammered the Russian president in this press release published by the Kremlin.
Indifference and hatred kill
A speech that contrasts with that of the Ukrainian president who also wanted to speak on the occasion of this day, without mentioning Russia.
In a video posted on social networks, Volodymyr Zelensky wished to honor the memory of the millions of victims of the Holocaust.
Indifference and hatred together create evil
,” he explains, before calling on the nations of the world to overcome indifference so that there is less room for hatred.
A tribute that contrasts with the justification for the Russian intervention presented by Vladimir Putin.
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