Zelensky reminds the U.S. Jews about the shelling of Babyn Yar by the Russians and Lavrov's anti-Semitic statements
This is reported by Ukrainska Pravda.
The president made it clear that the engine of Russia in the war against Ukraine is hatred.
Zelensky noted that on June 12, the list of children killed during the war increased by 24 names to 287 people: in occupied Mariupol, the death of these children was confirmed, among them babies Maksym and Daria, who were born this year and died with their parents under the rubble of the house on which the Russian plane dropped a bomb.
“Could you tell me why is all this happening in 2022? This isn't the 1940s. How could mass killings, tortures, burned cities, and filtration camps that the Russian military set up in the occupied territory, which resemble Nazi concentration camps, become a reality!
And at the same time, Russia hopes it will not be liable for all this evil, for all these barbaric strikes on residential buildings, hospitals, and churches. Russia still has enough power to hope to continue the war against Ukraine, against the people, and continue to ignore the world's reaction.
I know that you are helping our state very seriously, but I ask you to redouble your efforts to stop Russian hatred – hatred of humanity. Hatred is the driving force that continues the Russian war against Ukraine and against freedom. The hatred of Ukrainian, culture and history of Ukraine," the president said.
Zelensky noted that despite the terrible events in the past, Ukraine remained kind and open, preserving cultural diversity.
Instead, Russia even burns down churches of the Moscow Patriarchate, destroys buildings of the Greek community in Ukraine, oppresses Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea, and destroys monuments of the Jewish people.
"Russian missiles hit Babyn Yar in Kyiv, and Russian artillery damaged the menorah in Drobytsky Yar near Kharkiv. Overtly anti-Semitic statements by the Russian Foreign Minister provoked an international scandal," Zelensky said.
"But it's really not 1940. Defend the need to strengthen sanctions against Russia. You can do that.
Help us speed up the supply of weapons to Ukraine so that we can liberate the occupied areas. We need powerful offensive weapons, without which the war only drags on, and the victims increase.
I know that your help is already substantial. But you can use even more of your influence because we now have a historic opportunity to protect our shared freedom, security, and cultural diversity from the biggest wave of hatred that has threatened the world in recent decades.
Therefore, let's end this war, defeat Russian hatred in the name of the children who were killed by the blows of the Russian army and for the sake of the future of millions of children...."