'History repeating in tragic spiral' -Ukraine amb

STORY: Victory Day is when Europe remembers the formal surrender of Germany to the Allies in World War Two, but for Ukrainians, this year is different, as they are defending their country from invasion once again.

Moscow calls its invasion of Ukraine a "special military operation" to disarm the country and stamp out anti-Russian nationalism stirred up by the West. Ukraine and its western allies maintain it's an unprovoked war.

Ukraine's ambassador to Greece, Sergii Shutenko, likened the Soviet soldiers who fought in World War Two to the Ukrainian army fighting against Russian armed forces now.

"Ukrainians whose predecessors lost their lives defending Ukraine (are) fighting for the same values their grandfathers and grandmothers died for. History is repeating in a very tragic spiral."

"I believe that what Russia is doing is just repeating to very precise details what Nazis did," Shutenko told Reuters.

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