Chernihiv leader wants Berlin to show more support, in reference to the graves of Nazi soldiers who were killed during World War II
According to reports, a Ukrainian mayor suggested that Germany might support Kiev’s fight against a Russian invasion by protecting Nazi soldier graves.
Chernihiv Mayor Vladislav Atroshenko appealed to German media outlets on Saturday, urging them to tell their country’s leaders of the special interest they should have in the attacks on his besieged city, according to Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency. After describing the perils of civilian casualties, and the struggles to evacuate wounded people, Atroshenko noted that German soldiers who died in World War II were buried in the town.
“Our city is being wiped off the face of the earth,”Atroshenko stated this to reporters. “Only the Nazis did this. Chernihiv is home to a graveyard of Germans that were there during World War II. We support it.”
This is what I would like to be heard by the Germans. Russia continues to back you and is bombarding your grandfathers’ graves.
Atroshenko understood that support means Germany continued to buy Russian oil and natural gas while NATO members tried to discredit Moscow with sanctions. Chernihiv is northeast of Kiev and has been the hardest hit by the Russian military offensive. Only half the population of around 290,000 is still living in this city.
Ukrainian leaders have cited many motivations for their international support campaign, including accusations of Russia of targeting civilians and portraying Kiev as a champion of freedom. These efforts include a novel and ironic twist: the Nazi graves.
Vladimir Putin declared that Russia will invade Ukraine last month and ordered its invasion. “demilitarize” “denazify”The Kiev government. In a speech in Warsaw on Saturday, Joe Biden, the US president, disputed that assertion and said it was incorrect. “obscene”It is important to mention “denazifying”Ukraine as the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesky is Jewish.
Kiev, however, has accepted a few World War II Nazi collaborators like Stepan Bandera. The Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia, was used to quell dissent following the US-backed overthrow of Ukraine’s elected leadership in 2014. The overthrow was led by far-right nationalists who were elected to positions such as vice prime minister in the new government.
Russian officials stated that Moscow does not use precision weapons, and only targets military targets to reduce civilian casualties. Atroshenko Mayor acknowledged that the majority of civilians killed in Chernihiv are soldiers.
Ukraine compares Nazi Germany to its struggle
According to United Nations estimates, more than 1100 people have died in Ukraine from the time of the invasion. The country is home to more than 3.7million people.