From The Kiev Post:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday, Oct.20, made an impassioned plea at the world’s biggest publishing event for authors to write about the “terror” unleashed by Russia’s invasion.
War-ravaged Ukraine is in focus at this year’s edition of the Frankfurt book fair, with numerous authors and industry figures appearing throughout the week at the country’s large stand.
“Instead of importing culture, Russia imports death,” Zelensky told the fair, in a video address.
“So I ask you, please do everything to make people know about the terror that Russia brought to Ukraine.”
“Knowledge is the answer,” he went on. “Books, documentary scripts, articles, reports — these are the answers.”
Zelensky’s wife, First Lady Olena Zelenska, is due to appear in person on Saturday, Oct 22, speaking at a side event.
Organisers and participants see such high-profile events as key to promoting Ukrainian culture in the face of what they say are attempts to wipe out the country’s identity with Russian propaganda.
Meanwhile Russian state institutions, which usually run their nation’s stand, have been banned, with prominent opponents of President Vladimir Putin instead given the stage.
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In his address, Zelensky also took aim at those who had not come out to condemn Russian aggression.
“We must be straightforward here — there are still plenty of public figures in Europe who are encouraging ‘understanding’ of Russia,” he said.
“These people are present in different spheres: politics, business, NGOs and media.
“Why is this possible?… the only answer is, the lack of knowledge.”
Link to the rest at The Kiev Post
In every video PG has seen where Zelensky is speaking, PG has been impressed by how effective he is at delivering a convincing account of the war and describing what his nation is suffering at the hands of the Russians.
On the other hand, a motion picture casting director could not locate an actor as effective at playing a dictatorial thug as Vladimir Putin fills that role.