As in 1945, victory will be ours”: Putin

Under Putin, Russia justified its offensive in Ukraine. (FILE)

Moscow:

Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Sunday that “as in 1945, victory will be ours” as he congratulated former Soviet nations on the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II.

“Today, our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting side by side to free their homeland from Nazi filth with the confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours,” said Putin, who sent Russian troops to Ukraine in February. .

“Today, it is our common duty to prevent the revival of Nazism that caused so much suffering to the people of different countries,” Putin said. He added that he hopes “the new generations will be worthy of the memory of their parents and grandparents”.

Putin also made several references not only to soldiers but also to civilians on the “home front… who crushed Nazism at the cost of countless sacrifices”.

“Unfortunately, today, Nazism is raising its head once again,” accused Putin, who insisted that Ukraine is in the grip of fascism and a threat to Russia and the Russian-speaking minority in eastern Ukraine, which Moscow claims to be ” liberating”.

“Our sacred duty is to contain the ideological successors of those who were defeated” in World War II, which Moscow calls “the great patriotic war”, Putin said, while urging the Russians to “take revenge”.

He also said he wished “all the inhabitants of Ukraine a peaceful and just future”.

On Monday, Moscow will officially commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany with a giant military parade.

Under Putin, Russia justified its offensive in Ukraine, launched on February 24, as a “special operation” to “demilitarize” and “denazify” its neighbour, a former Soviet republic that declared independence in 1991.

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