Vladimir Putin, speaking at a plenary session at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, said that he has “a lot of Jewish friends” andthey say that “Zelenskyy is not Jewish, he is a disgrace to the Jewish people.” The Moscow Times writes about this https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2023/06/16/putin-says-zelensky-a-disgrace-to-jewish-people-a81540, specifying that this was Putin’s answer to Dimitry Simes, the Channel One presenter [he moderated the plenary session with the participation of the President of Russia]. He said that the West did not understand Ukraine’s accusations of Nazism, since President Vladimir Zelenskyy was Jewish.
The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine Moshe Reuven Asman commented on Putin’s statement to UNIAN correspondent. He said that together with the whole world he was proud of the President of Ukraine, who was making every effort to protect the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian full-scale aggression(https://www.unian.net/world/glavnyy-ravvin-ukrainy-otvetil-putinu-kotoryy-nazval-zelenskogo-pozorom-evreyskogo-naroda-12296139.html)
“I can personally say that I am proud of President Zelenskyy, he did not run away and is doing everything to help the Ukrainian people. And not just me. I think that the whole world is proud of him,” said Moshe Reuven Azman.
The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine also stressed that there were no neo-Nazis in Ukraine. “There are decent people in Ukraine who defend their homeland,” said Moshe Reuven Asman.
It can be stated that after the start of the “special military operation” the Jews disappointed Putin because they did not support him.
The Russian president suffered serious setbacks on the “Jewish-Israeli front.” Tens of thousands of Russians of Jewish origin fled the country. Many businessmen, scientists and cultural figures with Jewish roots openly condemned the war against Ukraine. International Jewish organizations sided with Kyiv. In general, Israel also takes a pro-Ukrainian position.
In addition, one of the key reasons for the failure of its strategy, Moscow sees in the person of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy, who is supported by the West. In this regard, it is not surprising that Putin, having personal grudge against Zelenskyy,has been chosen him as the main target for anti-Semitic attacks.
On the other hand, this is not surprising, because, according to insiders, Putin is an admirer of Hitler, his political and ideological manifesto Mein Kampf, as well as the Nazi ideology in general, which he has actually already built in Russia