Zelensky asks to address Israel's Holocaust museum on Ukraine crisis

Yad Vashem says it would discuss the proposal with Ukraine's ambassador to Israel on Sunday; also suspends strategic partnership with Russian-Israeli oligarch Roman Abramovich

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked to address Israel's main Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, about Russia's invasion of his country, during which both sides have invoked the Nazi genocide.
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  • Yad Vashem said in a statement on Thursday it would discuss the proposal with Ukraine's ambassador to Israel on Sunday. The Ukrainian embassy could not immediately be reached for comment.
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    ולדימיר זלנסקי
    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky
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    Zelensky has sought to drum up support with video briefings of foreign audiences that have included the U.S. Congress and the British parliament. Earlier this week, he asked to address Israel's parliament but was told that it was about to go into recess, according to an assembly spokesman.
    Russia has said it aims to "denazify" Ukraine, a claim rejected as nonsense by Kyiv and Western countries. Zelensky, who is Jewish, said Russian shelling close to Babyn Yar, a Holocaust memorial in Kyiv, on March 3 suggested: "history repeating (itself)".
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    Roman Abramovich
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    Earlier on Thursday, Yad Vashem said it had suspended a strategic partnership with Roman Abramovich, a Russian oligarch who has faced sanctions abroad since the Ukraine invasion.
    “In light of recent developments, Yad Vashem has decided to suspend the strategic partnership with Mr. Roman Abramovich,” the museum said in a statement.
    Yad Vashem announced last month that Abramovich's pledged funding would strengthen its endeavors in the areas of Holocaust research and remembrance, estimated at some NIS 10 million ($3 million).
    Britain also on Thursday froze the assets of Abramovich, who is the owner of Chelsea soccer club.
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