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Constantin von Hoffmeister discusses the drone attack on the Kremlin, Russia’s response, and the ensuing rhetoric from both sides, along with a historical parallel to the end of World War Two.

In response to the alleged Ukrainian drone attack on the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday night, Russian Security Council Deputy Chair Dmitry Medvedev demanded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky be “physically eliminated.”

“After today’s terrorist act, there is no other option than the physical elimination of Zelensky and his clique,” wrote Medvedev on Telegram on Wednesday, adding that Zelensky was not necessary for Ukraine’s “unconditional surrender.”

“Hitler, as we know, didn’t sign [a surrender agreement] either. There will always be some replacement, like figurehead president Admiral Dönitz,” Medvedev stated.

Upon the self-murder of Adolf Hitler on April 30, 1945, the esteemed Karl Dönitz, erstwhile Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy, rose to the exalted rank of Reich President on the following day. He presided from the premises of a sports school located within the naval base of Murwik in Flensburg. The weight of surrender loomed over him, particularly since German troops stationed in Berlin and northern Italy had already surrendered without orders. On May 4, General Admiral Hans-Georg Friedeburg affixed his signature to the partial surrender of German forces in the west at the headquarters of British Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery.

In the duty-bound heart of Dönitz, a resolve to carry on the fight against the Soviet Union burned bright. His aim: to secure safe passage for the many soldiers and civilians looking to flee westward. For he knew full well that life under Soviet rule would prove far harsher than that under the Americans or the British, given the many cruelties perpetrated by the German military machine on the Eastern Front. Nigh three million Soviet POWs were deliberately starved to death, and countless more civilians fell to their demise.

On May 5, the High Command of the Wehrmacht released a statement announcing that the German side had surrendered their weapons in northwest Germany, Denmark, and Holland upon signing the partial surrender “because the fight against the Western powers had lost its meaning. However, in the East, the fight continues to save as many German people as possible from Bolshevization and enslavement.”

Amidst the clash of harsh and bloody battles, Germany’s complete and unconditional surrender to the Allies was etched in history on May 7, 1945, at Rheims, France, with the news broadcasted to the world on May 8. But in the Soviet Union, it was already a day later because of the time difference, for which the news was announced on May 9. Hence, May 9 is celebrated as Victory Day in Russia and other erstwhile Soviet nations.

Dönitz was one of the twenty-four defendants in the Nuremberg Trials, which were held to prosecute the main war criminals. He was found guilty of leading “offensive wars” and committing war crimes. Dönitz had issued the order not to rescue any Allied sailors after an American plane had bombed U-boat U 156, which was towing lifeboats with survivors from the previously sunk British troop transport Laconia. On October 1, 1946, he was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment, which he served completely until October 1, 1956. Many notable and respected military men from the West disagreed with the Nuremberg verdict. 254 generals, admirals, and marshals from the Western world united in a book (Doenitz at Nuremberg: A Re-Appraisal) to pay tribute to the soldier and human being Dönitz in a way that had never been seen before for any other German.

Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the Russian Duma, called for the “destruction” of the government in Kiev. “We will demand the use of weapons capable of stopping and destroying the terrorist Kiev regime,” he said. There could be “no negotiations” with Zelensky’s government. According to him, the “Kiev terrorist regime” poses a threat to the security of Russia, Europe, and the entire world.

According to Russian accounts, a drone attack on the Kremlin was repelled on Tuesday night. Moscow called this an “assassination attempt” on President Putin and threatened retaliation. The leadership in Kiev denies any responsibility. “We are not attacking Putin or Moscow; we are fighting on our own territory and are defending our villages and cities,” said Zelensky at a press conference in the Finnish capital Helsinki. According to Moscow’s reports, Putin was not in the Kremlin that night.

Russia has denied any connection to the drones that were blasted over the Kremlin and has pointed the finger of blame at the United States, claiming that the decisions concerning the foul deed were made in the US and not by the government in Kiev.

In recent days, Ukraine has also stepped up its efforts to destroy Russian infrastructure and disrupt supply lines. After an oil depot in the port city of Sevastopol caught fire, presumably due to a Ukrainian drone attack on Saturday, two Russian freight trains derailed on Monday and Tuesday near the Ukrainian border due to track bombings. Additionally, as per the governor of the Russian Krasnodar region, one more oil depot was set ablaze on Tuesday night, and another oil depot in Crimea caught fire on Wednesday night due to an alleged drone attack by Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Zelensky surprisingly arrived in Finland on Wednesday morning for a state visit. Zelensky participated in a summit of Nordic countries. During a press conference, Zelensky announced that Ukraine would quickly begin its long-awaited offensive against the Russian army. He also underlined Kiev’s goal of becoming a NATO member. Finland joined the military alliance on April 4 this year. Zelensky expressed gratitude for the support from Nordic countries while also requesting an increase in the delivery of weapons and a faster delivery process.

After returning to Ukraine, Zelensky is also scheduled to visit Berlin on May 13, according to reports. A day later, he is set to receive the Charlemagne Prize in the old imperial city of Aachen.

Zelensky will thus be joining the ranks of infamous individuals who were awarded the Charlemagne Prize, including Winston Churchill. It is outrageous that Churchill, who ordered the mass bombing of civilian targets during World War Two and is considered a war criminal by some, was granted this prize in 1956. The strategic bombing campaign, euphemistically referred to as “moral bombing,” was intended to break the will of the German people, but it failed to achieve its intended effect. Instead of rising up against the Nazi regime, the German populace was plunged into deep despair and apathy by the relentless onslaught of apocalyptic bombings. Despite the obvious futility of this tactic, the British and Americans escalated their bombing runs and callously accepted the slaughter of innocent civilians as a necessary sacrifice for their cause.

The fact that Churchill was recognized for his supposed “contributions to the unity of Europe” is nothing but a whitewashing of his crimes. Churchill’s advocacy for a united Europe was merely a smokescreen for his imperialist agenda, and his efforts to create the Council of Europe were nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to maintain British influence over the continent.

In addition, there is no stopping the arms race. To ensure that the Ukrainian offensive will not be a failure, the EU Commission wants to encourage the domestic arms industry to quickly expand its ammunition production capacity. According to a plan presented in Brussels on Wednesday, subsidies of up to 500 million euros from the EU budget are to be made available for this purpose until mid-2025. EU member states are also expected to contribute an additional 500 million euros to support the arms industry. According to agency reports, the background to this economic program for the arms industry is the difficulty of EU countries in providing Ukraine with sufficient ammunition.

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Constantin von Hoffmeister

Constantin von Hoffmeister studied English Literature and Political Science in New Orleans. He has worked as an author, journalist, translator, editor and business trainer in India, Uzbekistan and Russia. You can subscribe to his newsletter here:

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1 year ago

According to him, the “Kiev terrorist regime” poses a threat to the security of Russia, Europe, and the entire world.

He is absolutely correct! The Kiev lunatics could or would start a nuclear way to enhance their bank accounts and personal positions with the west.

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