Yesterday, Russia launched a missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Odessa, killing 8 people, including a 3-month-old baby, and wounding 18.
“How did she threaten Russia?”, Zelensky alleged on the murder of that girl
This same Saturday, Volodímir Zelenski made an intervention broadcast on YouTube (you can read the transcript here, in English) in which he spoke of the attack: “Today Russia launched another missile strike at Ukraine, at Odesa. As of now – 8 dead. At least 18 wounded. Ordinary peaceful people. Among those killed was a 3-month-old baby girl. How did she threaten Russia? It seems that killing children is just a new national idea of the Russian Federation,” he said visibly indignant.
“We will identify all those responsible for this strike”
The Ukrainian president noted that Russian planes launched seven missiles from the Caspian Sea region, two of which were shot down by Ukrainian forces. Zelensky issued a stern warning to Russia: “We will identify all those responsible for this strike. Those responsible for Russia’s missile terror. Everyone who gives these orders. Everyone who fulfills these orders. No one will be able to hide. No matter how long it takes us, all these bastards will be responsible for every death they caused.”
“The Russian state has become a terrorist”
“Russia has already fired most of its missile arsenal at Ukraine. Of course, they still have missiles,” Zelensky pointed out. “Of course, they can still continue the missile terror against our people. But what they have already done is definitely arguments sufficient for the world to eventually recognize the Russian state as a sponsor of terrorism and the Russian army as a terrorist organization. We will continue to insist on this in negotiations with our partners. There is simply no alternative to such recognition.”
The Ukrainian president insisted on this point: “The Russian state has become a terrorist, and it is not ashamed. And if it is not ashamed, it is deliberate. Therefore, there must be maximum responsibility.”
He denounces the Russians crimes in Mariupol and the deportations of Ukrainians
Zelensky also referred to other crimes committed by the invaders: “New facts about the crimes of the occupiers against our Mariupol residents are being revealed. New graves of people killed by the occupiers are being found. We are talking about tens of thousands of dead Mariupol residents. Negotiations of the occupiers on how they conceal the traces of their crimes are recorded.“
The Ukrainian president has also denounced that “Russia continues the activities of so-called filtration camps, particularly near Mariupol. Although the honest name for them is, in fact, different – it’s concentration camps. Like those built by the Nazis in the past. Ukrainians from these camps – the survivors – are sent further into the occupied territories and to Russia. The facts of deportation of our citizens to the Russian boondocks, to Siberia, even to Vladivostok are recorded. They also deport children hoping that they will forget where their home is and where they are from. And they are from Ukraine.”
Let us remember that the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court classifies these deportations as crimes against humanity and war crimes. This is not the first time something like this has happened. It is a criminal practice that Stalin already carried out against Poles, Balts and other peoples.
Zelensky recalls the meaning of Holy Week and Easter
Although Zelensky is Jewish, he made a clearly Christian reflection on the crimes of the Russians: “Today was Holy Saturday for Christians of the Eastern Rite. The day between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. It seems that Russia is stuck on such a day. For years. On the day when death triumphs and God is supposedly gone.” A criticism that recalls, between the lines, the persecution against Christians carried out by the USSR, a communist dictatorship whose legacy Putin continues to claim.
Zelenski added: “But there will be a Resurrection. Life will defeat death. The truth will defeat any lies. And evil will be punished. And Russia will have to learn these truths again, it’s only a matter of time. It is only a matter of time before all Russian murderers feel what a fair response to their crimes is. It is only a matter of time before we can bring all the deported Ukrainians home. It is only a matter of time before all our people all over Ukraine feel what a strong peace is.”
You can listen to Zelensky’s speech in Ukrainian here. The video has English subtitles:
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