Zelensky's Message To Russia On Victory Day Over Nazism: "Won't Allow..."
On the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's defeat of Nazi Germany, President Volodymyr Zelensky warned that Ukraine will not allow Russia to claim victory in WWII.
"Today is Victory Day in the War Against Nazism. We are proud of our forefathers, who overcame Nazism alongside other nations in the anti-Hitler coalition. And no one will be able to claim this win. It will not be appropriated, we promise "Ukraine's president stated.
Zelensky mentioned various Ukrainian towns and cities currently under Russian control, claiming that Ukrainians had driven Nazi Germany's armies out of these areas during WWII.
"These cities' names continue to inspire us now. They inspire us to believe that we can expel the occupiers from our land "In his video message, Zelensky mentioned Mariupol, Kherson, and the Crimean peninsula by name.
"Then we won. We're going to win now, "said Ukraine's president.
Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, claiming that part of its mission was to "de-Nazify" the country.
Both Ukraine and Russia have compared the opposing side's army's activities to those of Nazi Germany, whose defeat by the Soviet Union in 1945 is commemorated on May 9 in ex-Soviet countries.