At the same time, he called Ukraine the only country where the ideas of neo-Nazism were brought to the national level.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin called Ukraine a country where ideas neo-Nazism raised to the national level, and declared that he respects the Ukrainian people and culture.
These statements were made at the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation with laureates and finalists of the All-Russian competition “Teacher of the Year”.
In his speech, Putin supported the myth of Russian propaganda about “Nazis in Ukraine”.
He stated that the ideas of neo-Nazism are everywhere, but no country except Ukraine glorifies it and does not bring it to the national level. At the same time, he said, Russia treats the Ukrainian people with respect.
“We always, and despite today’s tragedy, have great respect for the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian culture, the Ukrainian language, literature, and so on. We have never allowed anything that is allowed in Ukraine regarding Russian culture and the Russian language. For our part, we will follow a different path: we will treat everything Ukrainian with respect,” the Kremlin leader cynically stated.
Continuing, he called the territories of Ukraine “our (Russian) historical territories.” The Russian president also traditionally accused Ukraine and Western countries of “attempts to correct history” and “glorification of those who collaborated with Hitler.”
Putin also addressed the topic of fake referendums, which the Russians organized in the temporarily occupied territories of 4 regions of Ukraine.
He called the results of the vote, which was held under conditions of falsification, coercion, and intimidation of the population of the occupied territories of Ukraine, not supported by anything and not recognized by the absolute majority of the world’s countries, which “somewhat not only pleased, but also surprised.”
He also made false promises about help in rebuilding the cities of Ukraine destroyed by Russian attacks, which the Russian Federation “annexed”.
Genocide of Ukrainians: what you should know
After the full-scale invasion on February 24, 2022, the Russians committed numerous war crimes in Ukraine. In particular, these are mass atrocities and murders, rape, deportation of children and adults, destruction of infrastructure facilities.
Mass atrocities were committed by the occupiers, in particular, in Buch, Irpen, Borodyantsa, Gostomel (Kyiv region). Evidence of war crimes, in particular, mass killings and torture against the civilian population was eventually discovered in the de-occupied territories of the Kharkiv region (Izyum, Kupyansk).
On April 14, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine recognized the actions committed by the Russian Federation during the last phase of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, as genocide of the Ukrainian people.
On February 27, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, announced that Ukraine had officially filed a lawsuit against the Russian Federation to the International Court of Justice of the United Nations. In the lawsuit, Ukraine demands that Russia be held accountable for distorting the concept of genocide to justify aggression.
Ukraine wants to punish Russia legally through the UN International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights. On July 1, Ukraine submitted to the UN International Court of Justice in The Hague a memorandum on the merits of the case accusing the Russian Federation of genocide against Ukrainians. Russia had three months to submit its objections. Now the International Court of Justice of the United Nations in The Hague can start considering the merits of the case of accusing the Russian Federation of genocide of Ukrainians.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin noted that it will be difficult to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin to justice in the case of genocide, since no current leader of the state has ever been prosecuted on such charges.
Attempted annexation of 4 regions of Ukraine by Russia – what you should know
The Russians spent September 23-27 in the occupied parts of four regions of Ukraine pseudo-referendums. In Kherson and Zaporizhia – about leaving Ukraine and joining Russia, in Donetsk and Luhansk – about joining the Russian Federation.
September 30, Putin announced the annexation of parts of four regions of Ukraine and offered Kyiv negotiations.
In turn, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that it is impossible to agree on coexistence with Vladimir Putin, therefore Ukraine will hold a dialogue with another president of the Russian Federation.
On October 2, it became known that the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation supported it appropriation of the occupied territories of Ukraine – “DNR”, “LNR”, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. “Elections” to “parliaments” have already been scheduled for 2023.
With the Kremlin cannot decide on “borders” temporarily occupied districts of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions. According to Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, the reason is the successful counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Since the announcement of the annexation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, dozens of settlements in the Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions have already been liberated.