Last EU diplomat leaves Mariupol: “What I saw, hopefully no one ever sees”, Zelensky criticizes Israel

In a video message to the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky compared Russia’s stance to that of Nazi Germany during World War II. “A ‘final solution’ is now being discussed in Moscow, but this time on the Ukraine issue,” he said.

Zelenski, who has Jewish roots, makes comparisons with the Final Solution, the “final solution” that the Nazis had worked out for what they called the Jewish question: the murder of all Jews in Europe.

For Zelensky, the Russian invasion of his country was more than just a “special military operation”, as Russia describes it. “This is a large-scale and dangerous war aimed at destroying our people, our children, our families, our country.” Ukraine is thus in a precarious situation like Israel is in the Middle East, Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president also called on Israel to finally side with his country in the war. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is trying to mediate between Kiev and Moscow and has visited Russian President Putin. “You may wonder why we have not received weapons from you and why Israel has not yet imposed serious economic sanctions on Russia,” Zelensky said. Referring to Russia’s ongoing missile strikes, he said: “Everyone in Israel knows that your anti-aircraft guns are the best. Everyone knows that your guns are strong.”

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