Beginning his speech to Knesset members, Zelensky says Ukraine and Israel face the same threat from their enemies — “the total destruction of our people, our state, our culture, even the name: Ukraine, Israel.”
Zelensky notes February 24 — the date of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — was also the date on which the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, the Nazi party, was founded in Germany in 1920. “It destroyed entire states and tried to carry out genocide.”
Again on February 24, “102 years after the Nazis, the order was given to begin the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has already killed thousands of people and left millions without a home,” he says. “They’ve become refugees… in dozens of countries.
“Our people are now wandering the world, searching for a place just as you once wandered… seeking security, trying to stay alive and in peace. Exactly what you have sought.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a military operation as it’s presented in Moscow,” he says. “It is an all-out war, illegitimate, intended to destroy our people, our country, our cities, our culture and our children. Everything that makes UkrainiansnUkrainians.”
It is appropriate to make the comparison with the Holocaust, he says.
“The Russians use the terminology of the Nazi party, want to destroy everything. The Nazis called this ‘the final solution to the Jewish question,'” he says. “And now… in Moscow… they’re using those words, ‘the final solution.’ But now it’s directed against us and the Ukrainian question.”