Zelenskyy compares Russia to Nazi Goebbels as he slams Kremlin’s ‘methodology’
Volodmyr Zelenskyy has hit back at the Russian government after a senior minister controversially compared him with Adolf Hitler.
In a bizarre outburst on Italian TV on Monday (May 2), foreign minister Sergei Lavrov accused Ukrainian President Zelenskyy of being a “Nazi” and referenced the fringe theory that the WW2 dictator had Jewish relations.
The high-ranking official, who has been a key figure in the Vladimir Putin's bloody war in eastern Europe, said: “So what if Zelenskyy is Jewish? The fact does not negate the Nazi elements in Ukraine.
“I believe that Hitler also had Jewish blood. Some of the worst anti-Semites are Jews.”
Now the Ukrainian President has sought to set the record straight by likening Lavrov himself to Joseph Goebbels, who helped turn the German population against minorities and geared them up for total war through violent propaganda.
Likening his tactics to that of the Reich Minister of Propaganda, Zelenskyy told Fox News that the Russian government was "following the concept of Nazi Goebbels and they are using the same methodology… and the reaction I think is to weaken the world to these phrases of Lavrov."
Touching upon the furious international reaction to Lavrov's comments, he said: “I think the reaction in the world is still weak to these remarks by Lavrov.”
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The Jewish state of Israel is one of several to have lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week, saying the jibe was an "unforgivable" falsehood that distorted the real horrors of the Nazi Holocaust.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement: "Such lies are intended to accuse the Jews themselves of the most horrific crimes in history that were committed against them"
Since February, Russia has repeatedly justified its "special military operation" in Ukraine by claiming it will "demilitarise" and "denazify" the nation.
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