The glut of comparisons that we are seeing between today’s conflict in Ukraine and the onset of World War II are staggering, and, for many they are warranted.
This includes Fiona Hill, an expert on Vladimir Putin and his rise to power, who suggested in a rather terrifying interview that we are likely already in World War III but that we don’t yet have the historical distance to recognize it.
And now that these thresholds have been crossed, and the as Russians continue to use banned weapons on civilians in Kyiv and beyond, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN has another World War II comparison to make, this time in reference to Putin possibly taking a cue from Adolf Hitler’s final act.
During a UN General Assembly session on Monday regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sergiy Kyslytsya remarked, “We have been prompted to call for an emergency special session as the level of [distress] has been equated to that of the Second World War.”
“Or even higher, following Putin’s order to put in alert Russian nuclear forces, what a madness,” he continued. “If he wants to kill himself, he doesn’t need to use nuclear arsenal. He has to do what the guy in Berlin did in a bunker in May 1945.”
The mic-drop moment is just the latest demonstration of Ukraine’s indomitable bravado in the face of this Russian incursion, and will undoubtedly provide morale for the millions of Ukrainians who now stand between Putin and their homeland’s heritage.