Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded Monday to that lying dictator in Moscow with a Victory Day speech of his own, recorded on a walk down Khreshchatyk, the main street of still-free Kyiv.
President Zelenskyy’s office provides this official English translation to help more of us in the West understand the war of worldviews in which those of us far away from the Russian guns still have a vital stake:
This is not a war of two armies. This is a war of two worldviews. The war waged by barbarians who shell the Skovoroda Museum and believe that their missiles can destroy our philosophy. It annoys them. It is unfamiliar to them. It scares them. Its essence is that we are free people who have their own path. Today we are waging war on this path and we will not give anyone a single piece of our land [President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, “Address by the President of Ukraine on the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II,” Office of the President of Ukraine, 2022.05.09].
President Zelenskyy maintains that freedom is stronger than the Führer principle:
There are no shackles that can bind our free spirit. There is no occupier who can take root in our free land. There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we win. Despite the horde, despite Nazism, despite the mixture of the first and the second, which is the current enemy, we win, because this is our land.
Because someone is fighting for the father tsar, the führer, the party and the chief, and we are fighting for the Homeland. We have never fought against anyone. We always fight for ourselves. For our freedom. For our independence. So that the victory of our ancestors was not in vain. They fought for freedom for us and won. We are fighting for freedom for our children, and therefore we will win. We will never forget what our ancestors did in World War II. Where more than eight million Ukrainians died. And every fifth Ukrainian didn’t return home. In total, the war claimed at least 50 million lives. We do not say “we can repeat”. Because only a madman can wish to repeat the 2194 days of war. The one who is repeating the horrific crimes of Hitler’s regime today, following Nazi philosophy, copying everything they did. He is doomed. Because he was cursed by millions of ancestors when he began to imitate their killer. And therefore he will lose everything.
And very soon there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine. And someone will not have even one left.
We won then. We will win now, too!
And Khreshchatyk will see the parade of victory – the victory of Ukraine!
Congratulations on the Victory Day over Nazism!
Glory to Ukraine! [Zelenskyy, 2022.05.09]
The United States House of Representatives voted 368–57 yesterday to help Ukraine fight for its second Victory Day with $39.8 billion in military and humanitarian aid. (South Dakota’s Congressman Dusty Johnson voted aye; the 57 Representatives willing to abandon Ukraine are all his fellow Republicans.) President Joe Biden signed a separate bill Monday to help Ukraine, the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act.
For another reminder of the justness of America’s assistance to Ukraine, see President Zelenskyy’s Sunday speech honoring all who died fighting Nazism and decrying the Russian dictator’s erasure of the slogan we have tried to learn and enshrine following the Holocaust: Never Again! President Zelenskyy recorded this speech in front of apartment buildings the Russian invaders bombed in Borodyanka, a Kyiv suburb:
Imagine people going to bed in each of these apartments. They wish good night to each other. Turn off the light. Hug their loved ones. Close their eyes. They dream of something. There is complete silence. They all fall asleep, not knowing that not everyone will wake up. They sleep soundly. They have a dream of something pleasant. But in a few hours they will be awakened by missile explosions. And someone will never wake up again. Never again.
The word “never” was dropped from this slogan. Amputated during the so-called special operation. They stabbed a knife in the heart and, looking into the eyes, said: “It’s not us!” Tortured with the words “not everything is so unambiguous.” Killed “Never again”, saying: “We can repeat.”
And so it happened. And the monsters began to repeat. And our cities, which survived such a heinous occupation that 80 years are not enough to forget about it, saw the occupier again. And got the second date of occupation in their history. And some cities, such as Mariupol, got the third. During the two years of occupation, the Nazis killed 10,000 civilians there. In two months of occupation, Russia killed 20,000.
Decades after World War II, darkness returned to Ukraine. And it became black and white again. Again! Evil has returned. Again! In a different uniform, under different slogans, but for the same purpose. A bloody reconstruction of Nazism was organized in Ukraine. A fanatical repetition of this regime. Its ideas, actions, words and symbols. Maniacal detailed reproduction of its atrocities and “alibi”, which allegedly give an evil sacred purpose. Repetition of its crimes and even attempts to surpass the “teacher” and move him from the pedestal of the greatest evil in human history. Set a new world record for xenophobia, hatred, racism and the number of victims they can cause.
Never again! It was an ode of a wise man! Anthem of the civilized world! But someone sang out of tune. Distorted “Never again” with notes of doubt. Silenced, beginning his deadly aria of evil. And this is clear to all countries that have seen the horrors of Nazism with their own eyes. And today they are experiencing a terrible deja vu. See it again!
All nations who have been branded “third-class”, slaves without the right to their own state or to exist at all hear statements that exalt one nation and erase others with ease. They claim that you don’t really exist, you are artificially created, and therefore you have no rights. Everyone hears the language of evil. Again! [President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, “Address by the President of Ukraine on the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation,” Office of the President of Ukraine, 2022.05.08]
Evil is happening again. President Zelenskyy and Ukraine are standing against that evil. If we are an exceptional nation, it is because we recognize an exceptional duty to help fight that evil. Support freedom. Support Ukraine.