Putin ‘behaves like Nazis’ and spouts ‘nonsense about preventing genocide because he’s doing it’, EU says
- The EU said that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destroy Ukraine.
- The spokesman said his actions were comparable to those of the Nazis during World War II.
- EU spokesman Peter Stano said: “He’s always saying something about preventing genocide… he’s doing it.”
The EU said that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to destroy Ukraine and that his actions are comparable to those of the Nazis during World War II.
“He talks about the denazification of Ukraine, but behaves like a Nazi. So it’s all in his head,” EU spokesman Peter Stano told reporters in Brussels on Friday.
The spokesman was asked about Putin’s alleged military goals, including his repeated claims that Russia’s invasion was intended to prevent a “genocide” against Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population.
“He always says something about preventing genocide, which is complete nonsense because he is committing or about to commit genocide,” Stano said.
The EU said that Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured yesterday at a meeting with representatives of the Russian business community in the Moscow Kremlin) sought to destroy Ukraine and that his actions are comparable to those of the Nazis during World War II.
Explosions were seen in Kiev early Friday morning as fighting continued across the country.
Ukrainian soldiers line up across a highway in Kiev, preparing to defend the city from Russian attackers, as gunfire and explosions are heard in the center of the capital.
“Essentially, he wants to destroy Ukraine.
“He wants to take independence from Ukraine.
“He wants to cause damage and suffering to the Ukrainian people.
“It’s absolutely inhumane.”
Military equipment on the streets of Kiev, while the city is preparing to defend itself from the advancing Russian troops.
Ukrainian defenders blew up several bridges leading to the capital in an attempt to slow down the Russian advance.
On the outskirts of Kiev, the wreckage of an unidentified aircraft, shot down and crashed into a residential building, is visible
In the weeks leading up to the Russian invasion, Putin repeated his unsubstantiated claims that Ukraine wants to exterminate Russian speakers in the country’s east.
On Monday, Putin questioned Ukraine’s right to exist and accused its government of being a Western-backed “neo-Nazi” regime.
He said the West was “turning a blind eye…to the genocide that is hurting four million people,” referring to the predominantly Russian-speaking population of eastern Ukraine.
The conflict in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 14,000 lives since it began in 2014, with casualties on both sides.