President Vladimir Putin on Monday defended Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and blamed Kyiv and the West, as he seemed to make use of grand Victory Day celebrations to mobilise patriotic assist for the marketing campaign.
Speaking at the beginning of the annual army parade in Red Square marking the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, Putin mentioned Russian troops in Ukraine had been defending their homeland and portrayed the battle as a continuation of World War II.
Putin has repeatedly tried to attach the combating in Ukraine to what Russians name the Great Patriotic War by describing authorities in Kyiv as neo-Nazis.
Instead Putin put ahead a defiant defence of what Russia calls its “special military operation”, saying Kyiv and its Western allies had been making ready “an invasion of our historical lands” together with within the Russian-speaking Donbas area and in Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014.
“An absolutely unacceptable threat to us was being created, directly on our borders,” Putin mentioned, pointing to NATO weapons deliveries to Ukraine and the deployment of international advisors.
He insisted that Russia was not seeking to increase the battle, saying it was necessary “to do everything so that the horror of a global war does not happen again.”
He made no point out of how the battle is dragging on after greater than two months, however acknowledged the “irreparable loss” for the households of useless troopers and promised state assist.
Planned flypasts by Russian army plane in Moscow and different cities had been cancelled attributable to unhealthy climate.
– ‘Immortal Regiment’ marches –
The marches, which have change into more and more well-liked lately, see individuals carrying photographs of veterans or members of the family who died in World War II.
Tens of 1000’s took to central Moscow on Monday to take part, together with Putin who carried an image of his father who fought within the warfare. Officials in Moscow mentioned as much as one million individuals had been anticipated to participate.
The image has change into ubiquitous and on Monday was seen plastered on the perimeters of automobiles collaborating in parades and on flags waved by marchers.