Italian president refers to Ukraine during Liberation day anniversary

In his speech, Mattarella drew parallels between Italy and Ukraine, which on 24 February was awakened by “bombs and tanks”, adding it reminded him of the anti-fascist resistance song “Bella Ciao”. [EPA-EFE/PAOLO GIANDOTTI / Quirinal Press Office]

Russia invaded Ukraine “without justification” and is now posing a serious threat to the European community, President Sergio Matarella said during his Liberation Day speech in Naples on Monday.

On Monday, Italy celebrated the 77th anniversary of Liberation Day. The anniversary commemorates the defeat of the Fascist regime and the victory of the partisans who opposed the German Nazi occupation during the Resistance, between 1943 and 1945.

In his speech, Mattarella drew parallels between Italy and Ukraine, which on 24 February was awakened by “bombs and tanks”, adding it reminded him of the anti-fascist resistance song “Bella Ciao”.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi also commented that “25 April is the day to be grateful to those who fought for peace and freedom of Italy from the dictatorship of Nazi fascism. The generosity, the courage, and the patriotism of the partisans and the entire Resistance are vivid, powerful and actual values. Today we commemorate the struggle and ideals of the Resistance that built our peace.”

In recent weeks, the Italian Association of Partisans (Anpi) opposed the supply of arms to Kyiv, arguing the “huge difference” between the war in Ukraine and Italy’s situation during the Second World War.

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