Putin Uses Russia's Victory Day Parade to Justify Invasion of Ukraine


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Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 months ago  •  3 comments

By:   Ann M. Simmons (WSJ)

Putin Uses Russia's Victory Day Parade to Justify Invasion of Ukraine
Speaking in Red Square, the Kremlin leader said Russia was under threat from the West

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MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin used the annual commemoration of the country's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II to justify the Kremlin's attack on Ukraine, saying it was the only way to prevent what he said was a planned assault on Russia.

Speaking to the nation from Red Square ahead of the traditional military parade here Monday, the Russian leader said the Kremlin had every indication that a clash with Ukraine, which he says is led by U.S.-backed neo-Nazis, was inevitable, so Moscow took pre-emptive action.

“The danger was growing day by day, so Russia gave a pre-emptive response to the aggression. It was a forced, timely and only correct decision, a decision made by the sovereign, strong and independent country,” Mr. Putin said. “We saw how the military infrastructure was being developed, how hundreds of foreign advisers began to work, regular deliveries of the most modern weapons from [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization] countries were occurring.”

Western and Ukrainian officials say  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine , which began on Feb. 24, was unprovoked and is unjustified. Since the start of the war, Moscow has falsely claimed that the government in Kyiv is run by Nazis. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky,  who is Jewish  and grew up speaking Russian, has argued that, given the loss of more than eight million Ukrainians during World War II, his people could never support such an ideology.

But many Russians believe the Kremlin’s narrative and support Russia’s war against its former Soviet vassal, according to independent and state polls, despite early setbacks.

Faced with stern resistance from Ukrainian forces, Russia’s military has refocused its mission on the country’s east, and has increased attacks on railways, electrical-power facilities and points where Western weapons and ammunition are flowing into the country. Russia has accused Ukraine of sporadic attacks and acts of sabotage on its territory in recent weeks.

Some Western officials and analysts had expected Mr. Putin to use the commemoration of World War II, known here as the Great Patriotic War, to potentially declare victory in what he has called a special military operation in Ukraine, or to call for a mass mobilization of Russia’s army and its citizens. The Kremlin has dismissed as nonsense speculation that it would call for a mass mobilization.

The Kremlin neither declared victory in Ukraine nor ordered a mass mobilization on Monday, but Mr. Putin did emphasize his claim that Russia’s invasion was in response to what he characterized as an existential threat.

“The defense of the Motherland, when its fate was being decided, has always been sacred,” Mr. Putin said.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

Putin is using "Nazism" as the strawman?

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2  Tacos!    2 months ago

I think many Americans assume that the Russian people hate the war and are on the edge of overthrowing Putin any minute now - or they would, but for the military. But the fact is Putin has a lot support in Russia and there is a lot of support for this war.

Partly, I’m sure a lot of people believe the talk that fascists are infecting Ukraine, but they also tend to see Ukraine as not being a real country. They remember when it was part of the Soviet Union, and historically, it was long a part of Russia. They still see Ukraine as part of Russia and have no problem with Putin making it so again.

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2.1  TᵢG  replied to  Tacos! @2    2 months ago

Many people simply believe what they are told; even when it defies common sense.   We have seen this phenomenon in stark terms here in the USA and should expect that we are no different than the Russian people in this regard.   Especially since in Russia the extant media is now fully controlled by Putin.


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