Russia defending Motherland from ‘unacceptable threat’: Putin

Russia defending Motherland from ‘unacceptable threat’: Putin


Published: 16:29 9 May 2022   Updated: 16:30 9 May 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to a huge military parade on Monday, May 9; Photo: Collected

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to a huge military parade on Monday, May 9; Photo: Collected

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said today that Russian forces in Ukraine were defending the Motherland from an “absolutely unacceptable threat”, they were fighting for the future of their motherland.

President Vladimir Putin made the remarks in his annual address marking victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on Monday, reports AFP, BBC.

According to BBC, Putin was scheduled to make a major announcement about the Ukraine invasion in his speech, however, his speech stuck largely to defending Russia’s invasion. He tied the war in Ukraine to victory in 1945, blaming “the West and Nato for rejecting security demands”.

Putin told thousands of troops gathered in Moscow’s Red Square that Russian forces in Ukraine were continuing the battle against Nazism, but that it was important “to do everything so that the horror of a global war does not happen again”. Reports: AFP

Putin made no major announcements in the speech, despite reports in the West that he could use the anniversary to announce an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine or a general mobilization in Russia.

Instead, Putin looked to rally public support for the campaign by linking the current conflict to what Russians call the Great Patriotic War.

Addressing Russian forces in Ukraine, he said: “You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of the Second World War.”

Putin blamed Ukraine and the West for the conflict, saying Kyiv and its allies had been preparing “an invasion of our historical lands” including the Russian-speaking Donbas region and Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014.

Defending the motherland had always been sacred, he said, referring to the eastern region which is now the main focus of Russia’s assault: “Today, you are fighting for our people in Donbas, for the security of Russia, our homeland.”

“An absolutely unacceptable threat to us was being created, directly on our borders,” Putin said, pointing to NATO weapons deliveries to Ukraine and the deployment of foreign advisors.

“Russia had no choice,” Putin said, but to undertake a pre-emptive response to aggression, calling it “the only right decision” for a “sovereign, strong and independent country”.

Ending his 11-minute address, the Russian President said, “Glory to our armed forces – for Russia, for victory, hoorah”, at which the assembled forces responded with a big cheer.

Russia was on Monday marking the 77th anniversary of its defeat of Nazi Germany with parades and marches, including the main celebration in Red Square featuring some 11,000 troops and more than 130 military vehicles. Smaller parades were planned to mark the day in cities across Russia.

Source: BBC, AFP