In an 11-minute speech delivered from a platform near Lenin’s mausoleum, as a prelude to the traditional parade on May 9, in Red Square, Moscow, the Russian president rather exalted heroism and Russian patriotism.
He made only rare allusions to the war he started in Ukraine on February 24, reiterating what prompted him to act in this way, including falsehoods, such as the fact that the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky is of Nazi allegiance.
” I am addressing our armed forces: you are fighting for the country, for its future. […] There is no place in the world for enforcers, punishers and Nazis. »
The master of the Kremlin also repeated that the Ukrainian authorities were preparing an attack against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, wanted to acquire the atomic bomb and were supported by NATO.
An absolutely unacceptable threat was forming, directly on our borders he pleaded.
The Russian president, however, spoke of the ultimate sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, who died in Ukraine by the hundreds, according to an assessment already dated by the Kremlin, or even by the thousands, according to Ukrainian and Western intelligence services.
Each death of a soldier or an officer is a suffering for usdid he declare.
The State will do everything to take care of these families.
Vladimir Putin made no comment on the evolution of the conflict or any indication of its duration or developments that might convince him to end it.
The Russian president ended his speech with a rallying cry to the soldiers gathered under the rostrum.
For Russia, for victory, hooray!he launched, the soldiers on the red square answering him
hooray! in unison.
After his speech, 11,000 soldiers, some returning from the Ukrainian front, as well as dozens of vehicles, including strategic missile launchers and tanks, marched past the crowd gathered in Red Square.
The aerial part of the show, during which fighters were to form a “Z” above the Russian capital, however had to be canceled due to unfavorable weather.
Since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, the traditional May 9 parade has celebrated both the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and the renewed Russian power after the humiliation of the fall of theUSSR.
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kyiv refuses that Moscow “appropriates” the victory over Nazism
Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured that his country will not let Russia
appropriate victory over Nazism in 1945.
We are proud of our predecessors who, together with other peoples as part of the anti-Hitler coalition, defeated Nazismhe launched in a video message, which shows him walking on the central avenue of kyiv, Khrechtchatyk.
” We will not let anyone annex this victory, make it their own. »
Our enemy dreamed of seeing us give up celebrating May 9 and the victory over the Nazis so that the word ”denazification” would get a chance.he observed.
The Ukrainian head of state took the opportunity to draw parallels between the Second World War and the current conflict by citing towns in eastern and southern Ukraine currently occupied by Russian troops or towns in Crimea , annexed by Russia in 2014.
Millions of Ukrainians fought against Nazism […]drove the Nazis out of Luhansk, drove the Nazis out of Donetsk, liberated the occupants of Kherson, Melitopol, Berdyansk, drove the Nazis out of Yalta, Simferopol, Kerch and all of Crimea, liberated Mariupol from the Nazishe mentioned.
” They chased the Nazis from all over Ukraine, but the cities I mentioned today particularly inspire us, it gives us faith that we will drive the occupiers out of our land. »
On Victory Day over the Nazis, we fight for another victory. The road to this victory is long, but we have no doubts about our victoryhe insisted.
We conquered then, we will conquer now.
And very soon Ukraine will celebrate two days of Victoryhe concluded.
Putin pours into totalitarianism, denounces London
In London, the British Minister of Defense estimated on Monday that the regime of Vladimir Putin
reflects fascism and tyranny World War II and believed that Russian generals should be court-martialed for their actions in Ukraine.
During a speech at the National Army Museum, Ben Wallace accused the Russian president of using the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 to cover up his mistakes in Ukraine, where the response to failures on the ground is not was only one
shameful display of self-preservation, coupled with failure, anger, dishonesty and scapegoating.
” Through their invasion of Ukraine, Putin, his inner circle and his generals reflect the fascism and tyranny of 77 years ago, repeating the mistakes of the totalitarian regimes of the last century. They show the same contempt for human life, national sovereignty and the rules-based international system. »
For Ben Wallace, Russian soldiers
are not only engaged in illegal invasion and war crimes, but their ranks have failed their own soldiers to the point that they should be brought before a court-martial.
He thus calls to denounce
the absurdity of the Russian generals – resplendent in their parade uniforms, weighed down by their numerous medals – totally complicit in Putin’s misappropriation of the proud history of their ancestors.
Instead now they are the ones inflicting unnecessary pain in the service of low-level gangsterismdenounced the British minister,
and for them, and for Putin, there can be no victory day, only dishonor and surely defeat in Ukraine.
tall tales that Russia invokes to justify its fears at the prospect of NATO enlargement to the East, also insisted
categorically on the fact that
NATO, Britain, Eastern Europe do not plan to invade Russia and never have.
Macron invites us to think about peace
In Strasbourg, French President Emmanuel Macron made a point of recalling during a press conference at the European Parliament that, to put an end to the war waged in Ukraine by the Russian army, peace will have to be built without
” Tomorrow we will have a peace to build, let’s never forget that. We will have to do this with Ukraine and Russia around the table (…) But this will not be done in negation, nor in the exclusion of one another, nor even in humiliation . »
Russia’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky said Monday that peace talks with Ukraine had not stopped and were being held remotely, the Interfax news agency reported. Asked when in-person talks could take place with Ukrainian negotiators, he replied:
We need to have more elements in hand to be able to meet in person. Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face talks since March 29, although they met via video conference.