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Russia is striving to raise Berlin wall between Ukraine and Europe – Zelenskyy at Berlinale

Friday, 17 February 2023, 00:21
Russia is striving to raise Berlin wall between Ukraine and Europe – Zelenskyy at Berlinale

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has addressed the participants and guests of the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Source: Zelenskyy's address

Quote: "For many, many years, Potsdam Square was ‘cut through’ by the Berlin Wall. Formally, it divided West and East Berlin. It divided the free world and the totalitarian [world]. And it's not only about state borders on the map.

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The wall divided different worldviews, philosophies, different values. Today, Russia wants to build the same wall in Ukraine. A wall between us - between us and Europe. To separate Ukraine from its own choice and its own future. A wall between freedom and slavery, between the right to life and missile attacks, between progress and the ruins that Russia leaves behind. A wall between civilization and tyranny.

A logical question comes up: On which side should culture and art be? Are they still out of politics?"

"Culture and cinema can be outside of politics. But not when it is a policy of aggression. Not when it is a policy of mass crimes, murders, terror, the desire to destroy other countries and other peoples. When it is a policy of total war. That is the politics of today’s Russia".

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