Moscow / Kyiv – Western countries are responsible for provoking the war in Ukraine. But just as in 1945, Russia will once again emerge victoriously, guaranteed the Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the Victory Day event organised to mark Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, President Putin once again warned that they would not withdraw unless their goals in Ukraine were met. At the same time, he claimed that the Russian army was fighting to protect the Motherland.
There have been strong reactions from the West to Putin’s remarks. Shortly, Ukraine will celebrate two Victory Days, retorted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The United States has criticised that Russia has nothing to celebrate a victory.
‘Openly, preparations were underway for another punitive operation in Donbas, the invasion of our historical lands, including Crimea. We saw military infrastructure being ramped up, hundreds of military advisers working, and regular deliveries of modern weapons from NATO. (The level of) the danger was increasing every day. Russia preventively rebuffed the aggressor. It was necessary, timely and…right. The decision of a sovereign, strong, independent country,’ Putin clarified the position behind action over Ukraine.
He made aware at this time that Russia’s Defence Forces are currently fighting to defend their homeland. You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of the Second World War,’ also said Putin at this time. He drew attention to the fact that, sadly, Nazism seems to rear its head once more, and Ukraine is in the grip of fascism. President Putin also appealed that preventing the rebirth of Nazism is the duty of Russians.
Like every year, this year too, a grand military parade was held in Moscow, the capital of Russia, on Victory Day. Thousands of troops, including missile launchers, tanks and armoured vehicles, were involved in the parade. Information has surfaced that Russian troops and supporters had also organised Victory Day events in Ukraine cities such as Mariupol and Kherson.
However, Western media and social media have criticised Russia for its usual lack of grandeur and aggressive display of military might. Westerners also lashed out at Putin’s Victory Day programme. British Defence Minister Ben Wallace has accused Russia of repeating 70 years of fascism through this Ukraine invasion.