Ukraine’s Kyiv, Kharkiv bombed for first time since Hitler’s offensive

Ukraine’s Kyiv, Kharkiv bombed for first time since Hitler’s offensive

On Tuesday, the government headquarters in Kharkiv suffered significant damage after a missile struck the building. Shelling in the city on Monday killed 17 people, the governor claimed.

In Kyiv, loud explosions have been heard. Satellite images show several homes and buildings burning nearby as a 40-mile Russian convoy makes its way to the city.

The last time Kyiv and Kharkiv were rocked by bombs and under major attack was in the mid-20th century when Adolf Hitler initiated World War II in Europe.

The explosions in Kyiv and Kharkiv rake up memories of Nazi Germany’s assault on the cities in 1941.

In September 1941, German forces entered Kyiv and massacred more than 30,000 Jews in two days, as per reports. In the following months, several thousand more people were killed by German authorities stationed in Kyiv.

The October 1941 battle for the city of Kharkiv was fought between Germany and the Soviet Union. The German army captured the city within four days of reaching its border.

Ukrainian leaders have drawn a parallel between the Russian invasion of 2022 and attacks on Kyiv and Kharkiv in 1941 during World War II.

In a speech on Friday morning, Ukraine President Zelenskyy invoked World War II and said, “Tonight you began bombing residential areas in the hero city of Kyiv. This is like 1941. I want to tell all Russian citizens who are coming out to protest: we hear you, you heard us, you started to believe us. Fight for us. Fight the war.”

Similarly, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs, said in a tweet, “Last time our capital experienced anything like this was in 1941 when it was attacked by Nazi Germany. Ukraine defeated that evil and will defeat this one. Stop Putin. Isolate Russia.”

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