Speaking of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric saying he would put Russia’s nuclear forces on alert, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Sergiy Kyslytsya, snapped, in a reference to the suicide of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, “If he wants to kill himself, he doesn’t need to use a nuclear arsenal. He has to do what the guy in Berlin did in the bunker in May 1945.”

Putin declared on Sunday he was putting his nuclear forces into “special combat readiness.”

Kyslytsya was speaking at a U.N. General Assembly Emergency Meeting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the first emergency meeting of the U.N. General Assembly since 1982.

He likened the Russian invasion to that of the Nazi invasion of Ukraine in 1942:

Big militarized power seeking for geopolitical greatness has launched a full-fledged military offensive against a smaller neighbor aimed at invading the country. Deadly airstrikes dropped on civilians’ heads across the entire country and the Russian troops crossed Ukraine’s borders from the territory of Russia, Belarus, and the occupied parts of Ukraine’s Donbas and Crimea. Does it remind you of something, doesn’t it?  

Indeed: very clear parallels could be drawn with the beginning of the Second World War. And Russia’s course of action is very similar to what their spiritual mentors from the Third Reich employed on the Ukrainian land 80 years ago.

“We have been prompted to call for an emergency special session as the level of the threat to the global security has been equated to that of the Second World War,” he continued. “Or even higher, following Putin’s order to put on alert Russia’s nuclear forces. What a madness. If he wants to kill himself, he doesn’t need to use a nuclear arsenal. He has to do what the guy in Berlin did in the bunker in May 1945.”

“The Security Council addressed the issue of the Russian war against Ukraine and the decision was not adopted, due to the obvious reason; the country attempting to occupy Ukraine since 2014 has occupied the seat as a Council permanent member since 1991,” he charged. “Therefore we do not accept the Russian logic that the Security Council was unable to act due to one-sided and unbalanced approach. The only guilty party is the Russian Federation.”

“Distinguished delegates, Russia uses all its military potential to attack Ukraine and has been deploying reserve units on the border with Ukraine,” he asserted. “It fires cruise and ballistic missiles at cities, attacks with aviation, tanks, and artillery; sends out subversion and reconnaissance groups which mark residential buildings in preparation for the air attacks. Russia’s missiles are now aimed at destroying the infrastructure objects; they targeted the radioactive waste disposal sites near Kyiv; the fuel base near the town of Weis that is effectively Kyiv’s suburb; the of logistic infrastructure including bridges, airports and water reservoirs remain among the targets.”

Adolf Hitler committed suicide in Berlin in an underground bunker on April 30, 1945, shooting himself in his right temple, one day after American soldiers had liberated the concentration camp at Dachau, the first regular concentration camp established by the Nazis.

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