Zelensky Says Images of a Ruined Hiroshima Remind Him of Bakhmut

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine wrapped up his appearance at the Group of 7 summit in Japan with a visit to Hiroshima’s atomic bomb museum, saying on Sunday that he saw echoes of his own country’s pain in images of the 1945 devastation.

Mr. Zelensky later told a news conference that the experience had brought tears to his eyes, invoking the bloody battle for Bakhmut, the eastern Ukrainian city that Russia earlier on Sunday claimed to have captured despite Ukrainian insistence to the contrary.

While it “wouldn’t be fair” to compare the attack on Hiroshima to what was happening in his country, Mr. Zelensky said, “the pictures of ruined Hiroshima really totally remind me of Bakhmut.”

“Nothing alive is left,” he added.

Mr. Zelensky echoed the statements from Ukrainian military officials who have rejected claims that Bakhmut had been captured, saying “we are fighting on thanks to the courage of our warriors,” and expressed gratitude for the support shown to his…

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This article was written by Motoko Rich and originally published on www.nytimes.com