Calling yesterday’s missile strike that caused damage at the Babyn Yar memorial site “beyond human comprehension,” he urges world Jewry to “cry out” against the Russian invasion.
“The seventh day of this terrible war has begun,” he says. “A war in which we all feel we are one. We were all bombed yesterday in Kyiv, and we all died again in Babyn Yar from a missile attack. Even though the world regularly promises ‘Never again!'”
He continues: “For a normal person who knows history, Babyn Yar is a special place in Kyiv, a special place in Europe. A place of prayer, a place of memory of the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people who were murdered by the Nazis. A place of Kyiv’s ancient cemeteries. Why does such a place become the target of a missile strike? You are killing the Holocaust victims again.”
He says the bombing shows Russians “know nothing of our capital, of our history.”
Zelensky goes on to note that on the first say of the war, the city of Uman was bombed, “the place where hundreds and thousands of Jews come every year to pray. Then they struck Babyn Yar….
“I call now on all the Jews of the world — do you not see what is happening here? This is why it’s important for millions of Jews around the world not to stay silent in the face of such sights. Because Nazism was born in silence.
“Cry out against the killing of civilians. Cry out against the killing of Ukrainians!”