On 9 May in Berlin, a Ukrainian 1+1 TV crew was attacked by Russians celebrating Victory Day. The incident unfolded in Treptow Park outside the Soviet Soldier memorial. According to TV host Natalia Moseichuk, the day earlier, on May 8, the Ukrainian diaspora together with Ukrainian diplomats laid wreaths and flowers at the memorial to honour the memory of those fallen in World War 2.
The next day, another event took place at the Brandenburg Gate. It was the “Immortal Regiment” march, in which many Russians took part. The Ukrainian journalists found that the flowers and wreaths laid by the Ukrainians had been removed from the memorial. While reporting on the incident, the Ukrainians were confronted by Russians celebrating Victory Day. Upon hearing the Ukrainian speech, the Russians started shouting insults, using profanity and threats against the Ukrainians. One of the Russians tried to physically assault a Ukrainian TV presenter, shouting: “There is no such nation! You are nobody! You have to be slain!”
As a result of the assault targeting the Ukrainian journalists, the Berlin police launched an administrative inquiry, and the culprit is now facing a fine or deportation. The blatant impudence of the Russians was intensified by the fact that they behaved as if they were the hosts during the celebration, ignoring any cultural sensitivities. The Berlin authorities forbade the display of Russian flags during the public events on May 8-9, but the Russians ignored this mandate and carried their flags during mass processions.
The Ukrainian TV crew confirms the obvious conclusion: Russians hate Ukrainians, and this enmity appears to be embedded genetically. The Ukrainian language they heard turned out to be enough for them to lose their tempers and resort to aggression and violence against a young woman. Modern Russian society is a collective image of that group of Russians in Germany, driven by similar motivations and attitudes. This perhaps explains why it approves of the genocide of Ukrainians, carried out by Russian troops, while Putin’s popular rating continues to grow despite the pressure of sanctions.
The average Russian person is ready to bear any hardships, remaining loyal to their dictator, convinced that his policies are right and that the genocide of the Ukrainian people is just. Russian propaganda has gone to great lengths to achieve this end, and the war in Ukraine is an illustration what awaits every European nation if Russia and its terrible creation – “rashism” – is not stopped in Ukraine.
In each of his addresses, Putin has suggested that the entire Western civilisation is seen by Russia as an enemy, which must be destroyed at any cost, including the physical extermination of the entire population.