In a speech marking Russia’s Victory Day on Monday, President Vladimir Putin sought to link his country’s struggle against Nazi Germany in World War Two to his invasion of Ukraine and declared unfounded that the West did not give him a choice.
Mr. Putin said that intervention in Ukraine was necessary because the West was creating “threats beside our borders” and “preparing for an invasion of our land.”
He also said that the West does not want to hear Russia’s proposals for dialogue.
“NATO countries don’t want to listen to us,” Putin said, adding that it meant “they have very different plans and we can see that.”
“Russia preempted the aggression – it was a coercive and sovereign decision,” he said.
Putin told the military that “today you are defending what your grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought for”.
He also mentioned the soldiers of Donbas “who” along with the Russian soldiers “were fighting for” the Fatherland. ” DonbassA large central region that covers much of eastern Ukraine, has been the frontline of Ukraine’s conflict with Russia since 2014.
Fighting has intensified in the region in recent weeks as Putin refocused his war strategy after stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces.
“I address the servicemen of Donbas,” Putin said in his speech. “You are fighting for your country, for your future, so that the lessons of World War II are not forgotten,” he said, adding, “there is no place in history for divisions,” he said. Nazi sanctions”.
“We bow our heads in memory of our comrades who died in the righteous fight for Russia,” he said.
After those remarks, a moment of silence followed.