LIONHEART President Volodymr Zelensky yesterday celebrated EV day by promising that besieged Ukraine would see a new dawn – while the Russian war machine marked him by bombing a school.
Ninety people were sheltered in the basement of the building and at least 60 of them last night feared they had died in the ruins.
Comparing the ruthless forces of tyrant Vladimir Putin to Hitler’s Nazis, Zelensky used the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe to evoke the spirit of the Blitz.
He praised the UK for remembering the horrors of war and defending their country, saying: “The British people have not forgotten how the Nazis destroyed Coventry, which was bombed 41 times.
“As the Luftwaffe’s Moonlight Sonata sounded when the city was continuously bombed for 11 hours.
“Like its historic center, factories, the Cathedral of St. Michael, were destroyed.
“And they saw missiles hit Kharkiv. Like its historic center, factories and the Cathedral of the Assumption were damaged.
“They remember London being bombed for 57 straight nights – remember how the V-2s hit Belfast, Portsmouth, Liverpool.
“And they see cruise missiles hitting Mykolaiv, Kramatorsk, Chernihiv. They remember how Birmingham was bombed. And they see their sister city Zaporizhzhia being damaged.”
He praised a dozen countries, including Poland, France, the Netherlands, the US, the Czech Republic, the Baltic countries, Belgium and Norway for also supporting Ukraine.
Reluctant Germany sent in anti-aircraft guns and artillery after a backlash against its Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
In a coup on other countries that are still in Putin’s pocket, Zelensky said: “Unfortunately, there are those who, having survived all these crimes, having lost millions of people who fought for victory and won it, have desecrated their memory and that of your exploits today.”
He said Russian invaders had killed around 20,000 Ukrainians since February 24 – double the number killed by the Nazis during two years of occupation.
But Zelensky said that although “evil has returned”, one day there will be “peace again”.
He added: “We will get through the winter, it will definitely end. And we will find our dawn along with the whole country. Family and loved ones, friends and relatives will be together again.”
The school strike took place in the eastern city of Luhansk.
Local governor Serhiy Hadai said: “The Russians don’t care who they kill. If they can’t kill a soldier, they kill an innocent child.”
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted yesterday: “Deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure amounts to war crimes. We will ensure that the Putin regime is held accountable.”
Meanwhile, a decorated Ukrainian veteran who fought for the Red Army in World War II told how his home was destroyed by Russian shells. Ivan Lisun, 97, said the house was built by his father on the outskirts of Kharkiv.
Proudly displaying his medals, he continued, “I feel really bad now because I served in the Soviet Union for seven years. I’m very worried.”
However, two-faced Putin had the gall to claim he was on the right side, saying: “Our military, like your ancestors, are fighting together to free their soil from Nazi filth.”
And its spokesman expressed the certainty that “victory will be ours, just like in 1945”.
Today, the traditional Victory Day show of force in Moscow’s Red Square will include a flyby of eight Z-shaped MiG-29 jets – the symbol painted on tanks and trucks for the invasion of Ukraine and since compared to the swastika. .