Vladimir Putin Calls Alleged Fight Against Nazis ‘Sacred Duty’

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Regarding the Ukrainian war, Vladimir Putin once again drew a parallel with the Second World War. “Today it is a collective duty to prevent the revival of Nazism, which caused so much suffering to the people of different countries,” reads the message published on the Kremlin’s website on Sunday. In it, the Russian leader congratulated the leaders of several former Soviet republics and breakaway areas in eastern Ukraine on the 77th anniversary of the end of the world war. He ignored the Western allies of the then anti-Hitler coalition and the Ukrainian and Georgian governments.

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Vladimir Putin talks about “Nazidreck” in Ukraine

“As in 1945, victory will be ours,” Putin said. “Today, like their ancestors, our soldiers are fighting shoulder to shoulder to liberate their homeland from Nazi filth.” In a passage addressed to Ukrainians, Putin said: “Unfortunately, today Nazism is resurfacing. Our sacred duty is to prevent the ideological heirs of those who have been defeated” from taking “revenge”. He wished all residents of Ukraine a “peaceful and just future”.

The Nazi accusation as a pretext for the war in Ukraine

Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, citing an alleged “denazification” of the neighboring country. However, observers see this as an excuse to justify hostilities. In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compared the Russian attack on his country to the Wehrmacht attack on the Soviet Union in 1941.

Celebration of the victory over Nazi Germany: military parade in Moscow

Putin’s letter was addressed to the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, among others, as well as several former Soviet republics in Central Asia. In addition to the breakaway Ukrainian regions of eastern Donetsk and Luhansk, which Moscow recognized as independent in late February amid violent international protests, Putin also praised the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which had separated from the Republic of Georgia in the South Caucasus. . He also mentioned the Ukrainian and Georgian peoples, but not their governments. Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008.

Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9 each year. A large military parade is scheduled for Monday in Moscow to mark the occasion. (apd/bst)

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