Zelensky: We Don't Make a Cult of the War, But No One Can "Privatize" Victory Over Nazism
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky believes that on May 9, it is necessary to sincerely and without unnecessary pathos commemorate all the nations of the anti-Hitler coalition who contributed to the victory over Nazism in World War II.
“We will never forget the terrible price of this victory. According to various estimates, this is at least 50 million victims, of which more than 8 million are killed and tortured Ukrainians. Remembering all the horrors of the period, we do not make the war a cult. And victory day is not an advertising campaign, not a slogan competition, not a pompous dance on the bones competition. Because to honour the feat of everyone who brought the victory closer, the main thing is not loudness, but sincerity. And our victory is in everyone’s heart,” said the president.
Mr. Zelensky also recalled the names that Ukraine should be proud of including Crimean Tatar Amet-Khan Sultan, who destroyed 30 German aircraft, received two Golden Stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union, and at the time of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars did not renounce his people and fought for their rights.
“Hundreds of thousands of other names today inspire the current generation of Ukrainian defenders. With their courage, self-sacrifice and the main truth: ‘Ukrainians will definitely win,'” President Zelensky stressed.