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Putin’s top minister calls Zelenskyy a ‘Nazi’ and claims Hitler has ‘Jewish blood’

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Vladimir Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was slammed for his bizarre outburst in which he claimed that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy was a Nazi and launched unfounded theories about Hitler’s Jewish connections

One of Vladimir Putin’s top ministers has accused Ukrainian President Zelenskyy of being a “Nazi” in a stunning tirade.

In a bizarre and unfounded outburst on Italian television, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov even claimed that Hitler had Jewish ties.

The senior official is playing a key role in the Kremlin’s bloody war in Eastern Europe as Putin pursues his goal of occupying parts of Ukraine.

He exclaimed: “And if Zelenskyj is a Jew? 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.”

Lavrov’s comments support his boss Putin’s claims that Russia’s invasion was a “military special operation” aimed at disarming neo-Nazis in Ukraine.

Though Ukraine has a history of anti-Semitism, it’s a view that has been criticized by Western leaders as an excuse for sending military forces to the country.

In fact, President Zelenskyy pointed out that his grandfather had fought against the Nazis and said that his own family members tragically perished in the Holocaust.

He has previously attacked Putin, accusing him of being much more like the notorious German dictator himself.

In a video call at a conference of presidents of American-Jewish organizations in March, the Ukrainian leader said Putin had displayed “pure Nazi behavior.”

“I can’t even qualify that any other way,” he added.

Israel also called the comments “unforgivable” and “delusional,” while Foreign Minister Yair Lapid called it a “scandalous and horrifying historical error.”

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In his televised address, Lavrov further claimed that the forthcoming Russian military celebration of the liberation of World War II would not affect the war in Ukraine, as reports had suggested.

“Our soldiers will not base their actions on a specific date,” he said.

“We will celebrate our victory, but the timing and speed of what happens in Ukraine will depend on the need to minimize risks to civilians and Russian soldiers.”

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