Russian ambassador to Israel withdraws from V-Day event after Knesset condemns war in Ukraine

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Russia’s ambassador to Israel stormed out of a Victory Day event hosted by the Knesset after some of its members condemned the war in Ukraine, Israeli media reported Tuesday.

Anatoly Viktorov reportedly left Israel’s parliament grumbling after Knesset members used the day’s celebrations to lash out at Russia’s murderous campaign.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, bottom left, pauses during the opening of the summer session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 9, 2022.
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, bottom left, pauses during the opening of the summer session of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 9, 2022.
(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

THE RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO POLAND DOES HIMSELF IN RED PAINT WHILE TRYING TO CELEBRATE PUTIN’S ‘VICTORY DAY’

“The war in Ukraine is a crime,” Yevgeny Soba, a Ukrainian-Israeli Knesset member, said at the event, according to Israeli news outlet Mako. “I can’t help but watch with pain what is happening.

“It pains me, especially that the one who fought the Nazi oppressor and brought victory, is fighting today,” he added. “War is a slap in the face for our generation of grandparents who fought the Nazis.”

VE Day, or VE Day, commemorates the day World War II ended in Europe, when the Nazis signed the instrument of German surrender to the Allied Expeditionary Force and the Soviet Union.

Although the day is celebrated across Europe and in Israel, Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned the memorial day into part of his propaganda machine.

Putin tried to justify his murderous invasion by claiming that he was “denazifying” Ukraine – a claim that was flatly dismissed by Western nations who pointed to the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was democratically elected and that he is Jewish.

Russia has held parades in war-torn cities across Ukraine like Mariupol, which has seen some of the country’s most brutal attacks since the war began nearly 11 weeks ago.

The war has caused Europe’s biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II, displacing millions and killing at least 7,000 Ukrainian civilians.

As VE Day approaches, Ukrainian officials have warned that Russian forces may attempt to use Ukrainian prisoners of war and arbitrarily detained civilians to participate in the parades, although it is unclear whether this will happen. is produced.

Russian-Israeli relatives of World War II veterans hold their photos during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II at a memorial site for Jewish fighters, in Haifa, Israel, on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Russian-Israeli relatives of World War II veterans hold their photos during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II at a memorial site for Jewish fighters, in Haifa, Israel, on Monday, May 9, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

PUTIN APOLOGIZES TO ISRAEL FOR LAVROV’S REMARKS ON HITLER

Israeli-Russian relations have soured in recent weeks after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Zelenskyy’s Jewish background was not evidence to support that his administration was not engaging in behavior anti-semitic.

“In my opinion, Hitler also had Jewish origins, so that means absolutely nothing,” Lavrov told Italian media earlier this month.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid hit back at Lavrov’s remarks and called them “unforgivable”.

“Jews did not kill themselves during the Holocaust,” said the Israeli foreign minister. mentioned. “The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of anti-Semitism.”

People walk along a bridge under a billboard showing a yellow Star of David, resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, on the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ramat Gan, Israel, April 28, 2022.

People walk along a bridge under a billboard showing a yellow Star of David, resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, on the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ramat Gan, Israel, April 28, 2022.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Putin reportedly apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the inflammatory remarks.

Bennett’s office said the minister accepted the apology last week.

Fox News’ Dana Karni contributed to this report.



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