Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine, released a touching video, comparing Russian war crimes to Nazi atrocities during World War II.
“Darkness has returned to Ukraine decades after World War II… Evil has returned,” he said in a video address filmed near the rubble of a charred apartment building in suburban Kyiv.
“We will overcome everything, and we know it for sure, because our military and all our people are the descendants of those who defeated Nazism.”
The Russian “doomsday plane” made headlines in 2020 when thieves broke in and stole equipment. A modernized version of the plane, which was seen over the outskirts of Moscow last week, has been announced.
In the United States, a version of the “doomsday” plane of Joe Biden, the American president, was seen in southern California last week. The E-4B Nightwatch aircraft can be used either in the event of a national emergency or in the event of the destruction of command and control centers.
Russian authorities have stepped up anti-Western propaganda ahead of VE Day, with exhibits on the “cruelty” of NATO opened in 20 cities.
In a guestbook in Moscow, the BBC last week saw scribbled Z symbols and exhortations to “liberate Ukraine from the Nazis”, along with a note calling it all “very stupid propaganda”.
On Sunday, a video emerged of a young child dressed as a Russian tank, labeled with the Z symbol, apparently rehearsing for a VE Day parade at his school.