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Zelensky commemorates VE day by promising besieged Ukraine will see a new dawn

LIONHEART President Volodymr Zelensky yesterday commemorated VE day by promising besieged Ukraine would see a new dawn — while the Russian war machine marked it by bombing a school.

Ninety people had been ­sheltering in the building’s basement and at least 60 of them were last night feared to have died in the ruins.

The ruins of a school where 90 people were sheltering in the basement

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The ruins of a school where 90 people were sheltering in the basementCredit: Reuters
President Zelensky used the 77th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe to evoke The Blitz spirit

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President Zelensky used the 77th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe to evoke The Blitz spiritCredit: AFP

Comparing tyrant Vladimir Putin’s merciless forces to Hitler’s Nazis, Mr Zelensky used the 77th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe to evoke The Blitz spirit.

He praised the UK for remembering the horrors of war and standing by his country, saying: “The British people did not forget how the Nazis wiped out Coventry, which was bombed 41 times.

“How the Moonlight Sonata from the Luftwaffe sounded, when the city was continuously bombed for 11 hours.

“How its historic centre, factories, St Michael’s Cathedral, were destroyed.

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“And they saw missiles hit Kharkiv. How its historic centre, factories and the Assumption Cathedral were damaged.

“They remember London being bombed for 57 nights in a row — remember how V-2s hit Belfast, Portsmouth, Liverpool.

“And they see cruise missiles hit Mykolaiv, Kramatorsk, Chernihiv. They remember how Birmingham was bombed. And they see its sister city Zaporizhzhia being damaged.”

He praised a dozen countries including Poland, France, Holland, the US, the Czech Republic, the Baltic states, Belgium and Norway for also backing Ukraine.

Reluctant Germany sent anti-aircraft guns and artillery following a backlash against its Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

In a swipe at other countries still in Putin’s pocket, Mr Zelensky said: “Unfortunately, there are those who, having survived all these crimes, having lost millions of people who fought for victory and gained it, have desecrated the memory of them and their feat today.”

He said that the Russian invaders had slaughtered some 20,000 Ukrainians since February 24 — ­double the toll killed by Nazis ­during two years of occupation.

But Mr Zelensky said that although “evil has returned”, there would one day be “peace again”.

He added: “We will overcome the winter, it will definitely end. And we will meet our dawn together with the whole country. Family and loved ones, friends and relatives will be together again.”

The school strike came in the eastern city of Luhansk.

Local governor Serhiy Hadai said: “The Russians don’t care who they kill. If they can’t kill a soldier, they kill an innocent child.”

The UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss yesterday tweeted: “Deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure amounts to war crimes. We will ensure Putin’s regime is held accountable.”

Meanwhile, a decorated Ukrainian veteran who fought for the Red Army in World War Two has told how his home had been destroyed by Russian shells. Ivan Lisun, 97, said the home had been built by his father on the outskirts of Kharkiv.

Proudly displaying his medals, he went on: “I feel really bad now because I served in the Soviet Union for seven years. I am very worried.”

Yet two-faced Putin had the gall to claim he was on the side of right, saying: “Our servicemen, just like their ancestors, are fighting together to liberate their soil from the Nazi filth.”

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And his spokesman expressed certainty that “victory will be ours, just like in 1945”.

Today, Russia’s traditional Victory Day show of force in Moscow’s Red Square will include a fly-past by eight MiG-29 jets in the shape of a Z — the symbol daubed on tanks and trucks for the invasion of Ukraine and since compared to the swastika.

Decorated Ukrainian veteran Ivan Lisun, 97, has told how his home had been destroyed by Russian shells

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Decorated Ukrainian veteran Ivan Lisun, 97, has told how his home had been destroyed by Russian shellsCredit: Reuters



Reference-www.thesun.co.uk

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