Putin Marks Russia's 'Victory Day' With Speech as Ukraine Conflict Continues
Headline Roundup May 9th, 2022
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his Victory Day speech at the Kremlin and condemned the United States and other countries for supporting a "threat" on Russia's borders.
Putin also tied the current government of Ukraine to the Nazis, perhaps citing the Azov Battalion, which is a unit of Ukraine's National Guard that has a history of anti-semitic controversies. Russia's Victory Day has become a day to remember the sacrifices of World War II, when twenty-seven million Soviet citizens died, and to be a show of military strength. Putin's messaging on Victory Day aimed to encourage Russian nationalism to justify the war on Ukraine, particularly as Russians suffer from economic sanctions and international isolationism.
News sources across the spectrum highlighted the speech and Putin's criticisms of U.S. leaders.
It has become an annual event - the military parade in Red Square in Moscow and cities across Russia on 9 May, marking victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
Under Vladimir Putin, Victory Day has become a show of strength of troops and military hardware, as well as a chance to remember the sacrifices of World War Two. Twenty-seven million Soviet citizens died, by far the greatest loss of any country, in what Russians call the Great Patriotic War.
This year, the event has taken on a significance of its...
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West in his Victory Day speech Monday at the Kremlin, claiming that the U.S. and other countries had propped up a "threat" on Russia's borders and had even supported threats of nuclear war against his country.
"Russia has always stood up for an international system of equality," Putin said, according to a translation from the German outlet Deutsche-Welle. "We have always tried to find compromise solutions… Other countries had completely different plans."
"They have tried to attack our historical territories like the Crimea. They have threatened to use...
Global leaders and defense officials had spent weeks speculating what Russian President Vladimir Putin might reveal about his Ukraine plans in a speech at Russia's Victory Day commemorations Monday. They'll have to keep guessing -- the leader offered few clues on the direction of the conflict.
UK defense chief Ben Wallace had suggested that Putin may use this historic day to escalate his so-called "special military operation" in Ukraine and declare an outright war. Even if that had been Putin's plan, he was unlikely to follow through after Wallace's comments, not wanting to appear...