Ukraine Won’t Allow Russia To ‘Appropriate’ WWII Victory Over Nazism: Zelensky

On the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany, President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Monday that Ukraine will not allow Russia to claim victory in WWII.
“Today we celebrate Victory Day over Nazism. We are  proud of our ancestors who together with other nations in the anti-Hitler coalition defeated Nazism. And we will not allow anyone to annex this victory. We will not allow it to be appropriated,” the Ukrainian leader said.
Zelensky mentioned various Ukrainian towns and cities presently under Russian control, claiming that Ukrainians had driven Nazi Germany’s armies out of these areas during WWII.
“The names of these cities inspire us today. They give us faith that we will drive the occupiers from our land,” Zelensky said in the video address, listing Mariupol, Kherson, and the Crimean peninsula by name.
“We won then. We will win now,” the Ukrainian president added.
Ukraine was invaded by Russia in late February and Moscow claimed its operation was in part to “de-Nazify” the country.
Both Ukraine and Russia have likened actions by the other side’s army to those of Nazi Germany, whose defeat by the Soviet Union in 1945 is celebrated in ex-Soviet countries on May 9.

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