Kyiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday announced that Kyiv has severed diplomatic ties with Moscow, and urged Russians “who have not yet lost their conscience” to protest against the war with his country.
In tweets, he also compared Russia’s military offensive in Donbas early this morning to the “treacherous” attack by Nazi Germany in his country during World War 2.
He said that Russia has “embarked on a path of evil”, but Ukraine “is defending itself and won’t give up its freedom no matter what Moscow thinks”.
In tweets, he said: “We have severed diplomatic relations with Russia. For all those who have not yet lost their conscience in Russia, it is time to go out and protest against the war with Ukraine.
“Russia treacherously attacked our state in the morning, as Nazi Germany did in #2WW years. As of today, our countries are on different sides of world history. Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself & won’t give up its freedom no matter what Moscow thinks.”
In June 1941, following the launch of Operation Barbarossa , Ukraine was invaded by Nazi Germany and quickly became occupied. Earlier, in an address to the nation, Zelenskyy said he will not give its freedom and sovereignty to Russia.
He urged anyone with military training to come and join the war against Russia. He also urged people to donate blood for injured soldiers. “Anyone who has military training — who have a military experience has to come to the Interior Ministry and make themselves available to protect our population,” he said.
“As of this morning, we have injured soldiers. Please give your blood to hospitals, give your blood to our defenders.” Zelenskyy called the invasion of Russia “cowardly” as he rallied his nation. “Russia cowardly attacked our country early in the morning. Very much like Nazi Germany did during the Second World War.”