Zelenskyy says Ukraine will celebrate “two days of victory” during World War II speech “very soon”

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskii commemorated the 77th anniversary of Victory Day in Europe with a speech Monday, in which he compared the forces of Nazi Germany to the Russians now invading his country.

While expressing the significance of the day, Zelenskyy acknowledged that the day was somewhat overshadowed by UkraineThe current war with Russia. He also drew several parallels between Germany in the 1940s and Russia today.

“On the day of victory over Nazism, we are fighting for a new victory,” Zelenskyy said. “The road to get there is difficult, but we have no doubts that we will win.”

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The Ukrainian leader also described the current war not as “two armies” but “two worldviews”.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives for a meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kiev, Ukraine on April 30, 2022.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrives for a meeting with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kiev, Ukraine on April 30, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Service / Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION)

The Russian forces are “barbarians who … believe their missiles can destroy our philosophy,” he said. “It annoys them. It is not familiar to them. It scares them. Its essence is that we are free people who have their own way.”

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In his remarks, Zelenskyy drew parallels between Nazi soldiers who once inhabited Ukrainian lands with the current occupation of the Russian army.

“The Nazis were expelled from Luhansk, the Nazis were expelled from Donetsk and Kherson, Melitopol and Berdyansk were freed by the occupiers,” he said. “The Nazis were expelled from Yalta, Simferopol, Kerch and the whole of Crimea. Mariupol was liberated by the Nazis. They expelled the Nazis from all over Ukraine, but the cities I mentioned are particularly inspiring us today. They give us confidence that it is. we will drive the occupiers out of our own land for sure. “

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a press conference held alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 8, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks at a press conference held alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 8, 2022 in Kiev, Ukraine.
(Photo by Alexey Furman / Getty Images)

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As in May 1945, today’s invaders of Ukraine will fail because “there is no invader who can rule our free people,” Zelenskyy said.

“There are no chains that can bind our free spirit. There is no occupier who can take root in our free land. There is no invader who can rule our free people. Sooner or later we will win,” he stressed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an air parade on Victory Day, marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in central Moscow, Russia , on May 9, 2020.
(Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin via REUTERS)

Despite a war that killed thousands of Ukrainians and displaced millions more, Zelenskyy said Kiev will celebrate a second Victory Day “very soon”.

“We always fight for ourselves. For our freedom. For our independence. So that the victory of our ancestors was not in vain. They fought for freedom for us and they won. We are fighting for freedom for our children. , and then we will win, “He said.

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“Very soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy added. “We won then. We will win now too!”