Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on Sunday that “victory will be ours, just as it was in 1945,” as he congratulated former Soviet countries on the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II. “Today, our troops, like their forefathers, are fighting side by side to liberate their native land from Nazi filth, confident that victory will be ours, just as it was in 1945,” Putin, who sent Russian troops into Ukraine in February, said.
“Today, it is our shared responsibility to prevent the rebirth of Nazism, which has caused so much pain to people all over the world,” Putin said. He went on to express his hope that “younger generations may be worthy of their fathers’ and clearly indicate’ memories.”
Putin also made numerous references to civilians on the “home front… who smashed Nazism at the cost of countless sacrifices.”
“Unfortunately, Nazism is rearing its head once more,” said Putin, who has insisted that Ukraine is a threat to Russia and the Russian-speaking minority in Ukraine’s east, which Moscow claims to be “liberating.”
“Our sacred duty is to keep the ideological descendants of those who were vanquished” in World War II, which Moscow refers to as “the great patriotic war,” Putin said, urging Russians to “take revenge.”
He also wished for “a peaceful and just future for all Ukrainians.”
On Monday, Moscow will hold a massive military parade to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Putin has justified Russia’s February 24 offensive in Ukraine as a “special operation” to “demilitarise” and “de-nazify” its neighbour, a former Soviet republic that declared independence in 1991.