Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday marked the country’s Victory Day against Nazism during World War II.
“Today we celebrate Victory Day over Nazism and we will not give any part of our history to anyone,” Zelenskyy said in a video on his Telegram channel.
“We are proud of our ancestors, along with other countries in the anti-Hitler coalition, defeating Nazism,” he said.
Zelenskyy also highlighted the role of Ukraine in the victory over Nazism in World War II.
“Our enemies dream that we will refuse to celebrate May 9 and the victory over Nazism so that the word ‘denazification’ gets a chance to be misused. But millions of Ukrainians fought Nazism and went through a difficult and long journey,” he said.
Russia claims that it launched a “special military operation” to stamp out Nazism in Ukraine.
Moscow also held a Victory Day event on Red Square on Monday to commemorate the Allied victory in World War II.
The success against the Nazis in World War II “gives us confidence that we will definitely drive out the invaders from our own lands,” added the Ukrainian president.
“On Victory Day over Nazism, we are fighting for new victories. The road to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win. Soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine,” Zelenskyy stressed.
At least 3,309 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and 3,493 injured since the Russo-Ukrainian war began on February 24, according to UN estimates.
The actual number of victims is feared to be much higher.
More than 5.8 million people have fled to other countries, and about 7.7 million have been displaced, according to the United Nations refugee agency.