On 8 May, the Czech president delivered a speech to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the end of World War II. During the speech, Ceske noviny reports that Pavel recalled what is happening in Ukraine. According to him, the worst-case scenario is happening now – people have not learned from and repeated their mistakes. He also noted that the Russian Federation had launched a war against Ukraine on the same "grounds" as Hitler against the world. Petr Pavel cited the main reasons why Hitler felt compelled to declare war: failure to respect the rights of ethnic minorities, ignoring calls for secession, and blackmail to gain the necessary territories in exchange for not starting a war. Recall that Putin and his propaganda in one of the legends began a military invasion of Ukraine for the same reason.
However, the head of the Czech Republic stated that he would continue to support Ukraine. He is proud to have supported Kyiv since the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
"The country, whose name bore the main forces involved in the liberation of Czechoslovakia, that is, the First, Second and Fourth Ukrainian corps, is today itself the object of aggression by one of the then victorious countries – Russia," Pavel summarised.
In addition, the president asked everyone to pay attention to Ukraine's losses in defending its freedom and that of other European countries. Petr Pavel believes that the consequences of the year of Russia's war against Ukraine are comparable to the destruction that Nazi Germany left behind. That is why he called on the world to help Ukraine confront the aggressor.
"It is important to constantly strive for them (victory and peace – ed.), protect and, if necessary, sacrifice many for their protection. So, like everyone we remember today, and as do today's heroes-defenders of Ukraine," said the head of the Czech Republic.