Lviv mayor to ToI: Idiot Russians destroying Jewish-Ukrainian history

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The mayor of Lviv tells ToI that Ukraine is the West’s vanguard against anti-democratic forces, comparing it to the biblical David fighting Goliath as the country’s embattled army and citizens face down the larger Russian military.

“Today, Ukrainian citizens [are] like David,” said Andriy Sadovyi, switching between English and Ukrainian in his city hall office. “Our David protects democratic countries in [the] world.”

Responding to damage to the Babyn Yar memorial after a bombing attack in Kyiv, he accuses Russian troops of “attack[ing] Jewish-Ukrainian history.”

“Russian power is idiot[ic]. It’s completely idiot[ic],” he adds.

Lvivi Mayor Andriy Sadovyi in his office on March 2, 2022. (Lazar Berman/Times of Israel)

Sadovyi says his city, the largest in western Ukraine and currently for from front lines, has been preparing for the Russian onslaught for months and can absorb as many as 200,000 refugees.

“We have a robust self-organization process that is deeply ingrained in our genes,” he explains through his interpreter. “Even our authorities cannot understand sometimes how people self-organize and what they can do for survival.”

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