Putin calls Zelenskyy's Jewish background a "cover for glorification of Nazism". Ukraine reacts
Vladimir Putin said that Western countries are using the Jewish origin of Volodymyr Zelenskyy to "cover up the glorification of Nazism." Ukraine has reacted
Putin said that Zelenskyy was allegedly elected president of Ukraine by "Western curators" and called it "disgusting" that he "covers up the glorification of Nazism." The Russian president also said that Zelenskyy was thus "covering" those who allegedly "led the Holocaust in Ukraine."
"This makes the whole situation extremely disgusting in that an ethnic Jew is covering up the glorification of Nazism and covering up those who once led the Holocaust in Ukraine, which is the destruction of 1.5 million people," Putin said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reacted to Putin's statements, noting that "Putin's chronic fixation on the ethnic origin of the Ukrainian president is another manifestation of the deep-rooted anti-Semitism of Russian elites."
"We call on the world to strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements of the Russian president. There should be no place for ethnic hatred in the modern world," Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko wrote on Facebook.
Putin's words were also commented on by Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office.
"This is another confirmation that the Russian president lives in his own world, in an artificial bubble, isolated from reality. This means that he is completely incapacitated, and it is impossible to negotiate with him," Podolyak wrote on the X network (formerly known as Twitter).
He also emphasized that Putin calls for reading the Internet, while he does not use it.
"A person who does not use phones and computers suggests looking at what Jews write on the Internet about President Zelenskyy as a justification for Russian war crimes in Ukraine," Podolyak said.
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that Ukraine would have to give up Kyiv and move its capital to join NATO.