During Moscow’s annual Victory Day celebration in the Red Square on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia fully supports its military and said that the country is facing a “real war.”
Victory Day, which is celebrated annually on May 9, commemorates the Soviet troops that defeated Nazi Germany during World War II. This year’s celebration and military were scaled back due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and a drone attack on the Kremlin in recent weeks.
“Today, our civilization is at a crucial turning point. A real war is being waged against our country again but we have countered international terrorism and will defend the people of Donbass and safeguard our security,” Putin said during his speech.
While accusing the U.S. and its Western allies of starting conflicts by pitting countries against one another, Putin went on to claim that Russia is a country that seeks peace and stability.
“For us, for Russia, there are no unfriendly or hostile nations either in the west or in the east. Just like the vast majority of people on the planet, we want to see a peaceful, free and stable future,” Putin proclaimed.
“[Russians] believe that any ideology of superiority is abhorrent, criminal, and deadly by its nature. However, the Western globalist elites keep speaking about their exceptionalism, pit nations against each other and split societies, provoke bloody conflicts and coups, sow hatred, Russophobia, aggressive nationalism, destroy family and traditional values which make us human,” he added.
“They do all that so as to keep dictating and imposing their will, their rights, and rules on peoples, which in reality is a system of plundering, violence, and suppression,” he said.
Putin continued to say that the war in Ukraine was started as a defensive move against the West, which is out to destroy Russia, according to a Zerohedge report.
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“Their goal – and there is nothing new about it – is to break apart and destroy our country, to make null and void the outcomes of World War II, to completely break down the system of global security and international law, to choke off any sovereign centers of development,” Putin said.
The Russian president went on to celebrate the “multipolar world” that is emerging as China continues its rise to prominence amid diminishing U.S. global power. Putin said that an “unstoppable moment is gaining momentum” towards “a world based on the principles of trust and indivisible security, of equal opportunities for a genuine and free development of all nations and peoples.”
Putin then called the Russian troops fighting in Ukraine “heroes” and said that they were fighting the West which has “forgotten what the Nazis’ insane claims of global dominance led to. They forgot who destroyed that monstrous, total evil, who stood up for their native land and did not spare their lives to liberate the peoples of Europe.”
Meanwhile, Russian troops are engaged in a fierce battle for the city of Bakhmut with Russian casualties estimated to be more than 20,000 killed and over 80,000 wounded. the battered city has been reduced to rubble with the Russian paramilitary group, Wagner, threatening to pull its forces out unless Moscow provides it with enough ammunition and resources to continue the fight. Putin’s Victory Day remarks were perhaps premature.
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