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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Sunday that evil has returned to Ukraine as he delivered an emotional speech on Victory Day, commemorating Europe’s formal surrender of Germany to World War II allies.
The life that soldiers fought for in that war ended on February 24 when Russian forces invaded, he said in a video message.
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“Evil has returned. Again,” Zelenskiyy said. “In a different form, under different slogans, but for the same purpose.”
But he said Ukraine and its allies would win.
“Nothing evil can escape responsibility, it can not hide in a bunker,” he added.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler spent the last days of his life in a bunker in Berlin, where he committed suicide in the last days of the war.
Moscow has been calling its actions since February 24 a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and fight what it calls “Nazis” and anti-Russian nationalism provoked by the West. Ukraine and the West say Russia has launched an unprovoked war of aggression.
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The invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands and displaced nearly 10 million people. It has left Russia in the grip of harsh Western sanctions and has raised fears of a broader confrontation between Russia and the West.
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In Russia, Victory Day on May 9 is one of the country’s most important national events – a reminder of the enormous sacrifices made by the Soviet Union to defeat Nazi Germany.