T. Belman. I am not convinced.
GALINA WROTE AGAIN TO ME:
Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Azman responded to Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin, who called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “a disgrace to the Jewish people.”
He said that, together with the whole world, he was proud of the President of Ukraine, who is making every effort to protect the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian full-scale aggression.
He said this in a comment to an UNIAN correspondent. “I can personally say that I am proud of President Zelensky, that he did not run away and is doing everything to help the Ukrainian people. And not only me. I think that the whole world is proud of him,”
He also stressed that there are no neo-Nazis in Ukraine. “There are decent people in Ukraine who defend their homeland,”
Authentic Putin quotes
“I have many Jewish friends since childhood. They say that Zelensky is not a Jew, this is a disgrace to the Jewish people. These are not jokes, not irony. After all, neo-Nazis, Hitler’s successors, were erected on the podium as heroes of Ukraine,” the Russian dictator said on economic forum in St. Petersburg.
Journalists also publish another quote from Putin: “I don’t give any assessments to my colleagues, I never say anything about Zelensky, but it’s puzzling how you can support neo-Nazi rabble.”
Let me remind you that last spring, in an interview, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov compared Zelensky with Hitler. Then he said that Hitler had “Jewish blood”, and also accused the Jews themselves of anti-Semitism.
Earlier this year, Lavrov compared the actions of the United States of America and the EU countries with the actions of Hitler, and the Russians with the Jews.
The European Jewish Congress called his comparison shameful and called for an apology for this misrepresentation.
Ted, you can read it all here. Everything in the article is correct. I checked on the Russian text.
In a speech to Russia’s signature annual economic forum, President Vladimir V. Putin largely ignored the war in Ukraine, but then during a question-and-answer session, he doubled down on his false accusation that Ukraine has been riddled with Nazi sympathizers since World War II.
Asked about the recently launched Ukrainian counteroffensive, Mr. Putin said that Ukrainian troops had reached the first line of Russian defenses in some places but maintained they had suffered much higher losses than Russia. He said Ukraine’s forces had “no chance.”
Mr. Putin has repeatedly, and falsely, described Ukraine as a Nazi state and used that claim to justify his illegal invasion. When he was asked on Friday about his goal of “denazification,” he relied on similar stereotypes and false allegations.
First, he took aim at President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, who is Jewish. “I have had many Jewish friends since childhood,” Mr. Putin said. “They say Zelensky is not a Jew. He is a disgrace to the Jewish people.”
Mr. Putin then presented gruesome, black-and-white pictures of war victims filmed during World War II, claiming that Ukrainian nationalists sought then to create an ethnically pure nation. Mr. Putin tried to make the link to that earlier period by again claiming that Ukrainians still revered Stepan Bandera, a polemical World War II leader accused of collaborating with the Nazis to free the country from Soviet control.
While some Ukrainian military units had their roots in far-right groups, they are considered a fringe movement, which the government in Kyiv has worked for years through legislation and military restructuring to contain. There has been no evidence of widespread Nazi sympathy in modern Ukraine.
Mr. Putin, in his remarks about the war, echoed his statements at a news conference last Tuesday, when he suggested that nothing had changed in Russia’s goals and that setbacks were being addressed.
He accused Western nations of taking “drastic measures” to ensure Russia’s defeat by giving weapons to Kyiv, but said an increase in Russian defense production would help counter the deliveries.
Speaking for more than an hour on economic matters before he was asked the first question, Mr. Putin barely mentioned the war, referring to it only indirectly in terms of the economic challenges brought by Western sanctions that he suggested were ultimately making Russia stronger. “The very fabric of economic life was being rewoven,” he said.
Overall, he painted a rosy picture of the Russian economy, suggesting that it was continuing to grow despite the sanctions, and that indexes like unemployment and inflation were low.
The speech underscored Mr. Putin’s commitment to capitalism, even as he beat a favorite drum in saying that the West could no longer dictate how the world’s nations interact economically. “What we need to do is to stimulate growth, removing barriers in the way of business growth,” he said. Mr. Putin arrived an hour late to begin his speech.
Although the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was initially conceived as a way to present Russian technology and investment opportunities to Western business leaders, sanctions and the war meant virtually none came this year.
Mr. Putin said that with some exceptions, foreign companies that left someday would be allowed back.
“We will create the necessary conditions for them to work in Russia,” he said. Russia would also continue as a leading exporter of wheat in order to insure the world’s food security.
Alina Lobzina and Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting.
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- Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant: The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said that the plant in southern Ukraine had enough water in a cooling pond to ensure the plant’s safety, at least for now. A dam disaster had raised concerns about the water supply.
- NATO Membership for Ukraine: Some members of the military alliance want to provide Ukraine with a strong commitment on membership and are putting pressure on the Biden administration to take a bolder approach.
- Marinka Defense: Outnumbered, outgunned, out-tanked, Ukrainian soldiers are doing whatever they can to hold onto the small, strategic city near Bakhmut.