Ukraine: explosions in Kiev, alert in 14 regions – Europe

Ukraine: explosions in Kiev, alert in 14 regions – Europe

Local media reported that explosions were heard this morning in Kiev and the Ukrainian capital region. The same sources say that the anti-aircraft alert was issued today in 14 out of 24 states in the country.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is moving historically on the occasion of the anniversary of victory in World War II. Vladimir Putin is preparing a parade in Red Square and declares the need to fight the “current ideological heirs” of Nazism, that is, the rulers of Kiev. Volodymyr Zelensky responded by deciding not to celebrate the victory over Nazism on May 9, as has happened so far with Russia, but on the 8th, as it happens in the “free world”.

A contrast initially due to the difference in time zones, but which has become a symbol of the new division of the world. Russia is eagerly awaiting tomorrow’s parade after repeated drone strikes on its soil, including two that exploded over the Kremlin last week. An episode interpreted by the Moscow authorities as an attempt by the Ukrainian secret service to kill Putin.

Traditional parades have been canceled in more than 20 cities, but a similar decision to the one that was scheduled for Red Square would have been almost an admission of defeat. Thus, thousands of soldiers will parade with their weapons under the walls of the Kremlin as planned, and the president will deliver his speech regularly. But in the afternoon, the traditional march of the Immortal Regiment is canceled for security reasons, that is, the descendants of the fighters against the Third Reich parading portraits of their relatives. Last year, Putin took part in it himself, showing his father’s photo. Only a few foreign heads of state and government will attend the parade: the heads of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Some of the former Soviet republics to which Putin sent a message calling for a joint struggle against Hitler as members of the Soviet Union. “It is our moral duty to preserve the sacred traditions of friendship and mutual assistance that we inherited from our fathers and grandfathers, not to allow distortion of the historical truth about the Great Patriotic War and not to allow the justifications of the Nazis and their accomplices,” Putin said, in an apparent reference to the government in Kiev. Zelensky responded, drawing an analogy between the Russian leader and Hitler. : Russia will be defeated “in the same way” that Nazism was defeated in 1945, he claimed, before declaring that Ukraine would henceforth celebrate the victory over the Nazis one day before Moscow, May 8.

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The ninth day has instead been declared Europe Day, as in the European Union, which Kiev aspires to join. Indeed, he already feels part of his cultural heritage, Zelensky said, posting a message on Telegram accompanied by a Ukrainian flag and one from the European Union. It is no coincidence that tomorrow the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will arrive in the Ukrainian capital on a visit to show the EU’s “unwavering support” to the Ukrainian government. With the holiday date shifted, Zelensky intends to send a subtle signal: Ukraine, he made clear, is already part of this European party that, just as Nazism destroyed (Moscow’s role omitted), will defeat the Ukrainian president. Known as “ruschism”, it is a new term invented in Kiev to refer to “Russian fascism”. Moscow certainly can’t handle it well. Zelensky’s decision shows that he is a “traitor”. In fact, “the new incarnation of Judas in the 21st century,” or even “the fascist collaborator after 80 years,” wrote the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova on Telegram.

Farnesina, the Italians must leave Ukraine immediately – “Heavier and heavier missile attacks are still being recorded in Kiev and throughout the Ukrainian territory. Utmost caution is recommended. Travel to Ukraine, in any capacity, is absolutely not recommended. For citizens still present in Ukraine, it is highly recommended to use the means that are still available , including trains, to leave the country immediately, at times when the curfew is not in effect. This is what we read on the Viaggiare Sicuri website, which is run by the Crisis Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an update also published today on the homepage of the Italian Embassy in Kiev.

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