On Tuesday, a Russian missile strike targeted at a tv tower struck the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial. Ukrainian officials reported that five people were killed in the strike. Zelensky called the destruction “beyond humanity.”
President Zelensky tweeted,
“To the world: what is the point of saying ‘never again’ for 80 years, if the world stays silent when a bomb drops on the same site of Babyn Yar? At least 5 killed. History repeating …”
The memorial is located in the capital city of Kyiv. Russians claimed they would only attack military infrastructure, but shells have struck residential areas throughout the country. Ukrainian officials have compared the bombing to the 1941 Nazi attack. In September of 1941, Nazi killing squads murdered 33,000 Jews in a campaign against the Soviet Union.
Ukrainian officials wondered what else Russians would attack in the wake of the memorial being attacked. In response, Zelensky asked:
“What will be next if even Babi Yar (is hit), what other ‘military’ objects, ‘NATO bases’ are threatening Russia? Sophie’s Cathedral, Lavra, Andrew’s Church? Whatever they dream about. Damn them.”
Putin has justified his attacks on Ukraine as an attempt to “denazify” Ukraine. Russian officials have compared Zelenskyto Jews who collaborated with Nazis during WW2. Zelensky is Jewish and lost three of his great uncles in the Holocaust.
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