Holocaust victims 'murdered again' as Russian forces attack memorial in Ukraine
A Russian airstrike has reportedly impacted the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Site in Ukraine. The airstrike also hit the TV tower in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. “Just now, a powerful barrage is underway,” Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukrainian President Zelensky’s office, said in a statement. “A missile hit the place where Babyn Yar memorial complex is located,” Yermak said. “Once again, these barbarians are murdering the victims of Holocaust!”
“Putin seeks to distort and manipulate the Holocaust to justify an illegal invasion of a sovereign democratic country is utterly abhorrent,” the memorial’s Advisory Board Chair Natan Sharansky said in a statement. “It is symbolic that he starts attacking Kyiv by bombing the site of the Babyn Yar, the biggest of Nazi massacre.”
The Babyn Yar website says, "Between 1941 and 1943, the Nazis shot between 70,000 and 100,000 people at Babyn Yar, including almost the entire Jewish population of Kyiv, making it a significant point on the devastating map of the Holocaust. "
The memorial has said that it is set to submit evidence of Russia’s war crimes to the International Court of Justice in the Hague. “We remind the Russian leadership that Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Mariupol, and other Ukrainian cities were last subjected to massive bombing by Nazi Germany during World War II, now they are burning under the blows of Putin’s army, under the false and outrageous narrative of ‘denazifying’ Ukraine and its people," the statement said. Ukraine's State Service for Emergency Situations said and Interfax confirmed that the strike killed five and wounded five.
This is the reality of Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine.— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) March 1, 2022
Bombs are falling on the Babyn Yar Memorial, the site of one of the worst massacres of Jews during WWII.
Putin follows in the steps of his Soviet predecessors in desecrating the memory of the Holocaust. pic.twitter.com/TpRDQPqntS
Russian President Vladimir Putin could reportedly be deploying one of the deadliest weapons and is also considering nuclear options. Putin deployed a terrifying rocket system onto the battlefield after three days of defense by Ukrainian forces. In footage verified by CNN, the Russian army was seen moving TOS-1 Buratino rockets towards the front line. Meanwhile, Putin reportedly also ordered the military command to put nuclear deterrence forces on high alert following aggressive statements by NATO countries.
This is not only a TV tower. This is a territory of Babyn Yar where fascists executed dozens of thousands of Kyiv Jewish people in 1941. The Russian army is bombing Babyn Yar, explaining this by their wish to ‘denazificate’ Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/ihDGzbDJIM— katerina sergatskova (@KSergatskova) March 1, 2022
Besides nuclear warheads, TOS-1 'Buratino' and TOS-1A 'Solntsepek' are some of the most dangerous weapons in modern-day warfare. The tanks, which feature a terrifying oblong-shaped rack on top, are loaded with batches of incendiary and thermobaric rockets that can wipe out everything within a 300-yard radius. British military sources warned that the weapon could potentially kill tens of thousands of civilians if used. The blast from the rockets is said to produce a wall of flame that is followed by a vacuum, causing fatal damage to lungs and other internal organs.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have claimed that chilling symbols have started to pop up on potential prime Russian attack targets, which they believe is the work of Kremlin saboteurs. Eerie signs, such as bright red X-marks-the-spot ones, are appearing on targeted buildings. Ukrainian officials have now urged residents to be on the lookout for such symbols on places like residential high-rise rooftops and gas pipes. Authorities have also asked locals to keep an eye out for suspicious people who may be leaving the clues.