Kyiv (The Times Groupe)- Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky claims Russia is implementing “a bloody reconstruction of Nazism”.
While he was speaking at a memorial for World War Two, he said that the Russian army was replicating Nazi atrocities when it invaded his country.
“Ukraine has returned to darkness and has become black and white again,” he said in his video address.
There was footage in the video of the Ukrainian leader against a backdrop of destroyed residential buildings.
“Evil has returned, under a different banner, but for the same purpose,” he said.
It also included archive footage from World War Two and black-and-white footage of Russia’s invasion.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, Moscow maintained its operation was aimed, in part, at de-Nazifying the country.
In a separate address, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated former Soviet nations on the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat, saying that “we will win as we did in 1945”.
Ukraine’s officials fear that Russia will increase its attacks ahead of its Victory Day commemorations on Monday.
Zelensky appealed to European nations, such as the UK, France and the Netherlands, by comparing Soviet attacks on urban areas in Ukraine to Nazi bombings of their cities.
A Russian bomb hit a school in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, killing more than 60 people, local authorities said.
Approximately 90 local residents were sheltering in a school in the village of Bilohorivka, near the front line in Ukraine’s Luhansk region, according to the region’s governor, Serhiy Haidai.