August 11, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to cast Moscow’s military action in Ukraine as a forced response to Western policies.

Speaking Monday at a military parade marking the World War II victory over the Nazis, Putin drew parallels between the Red Army’s fighting against the Nazi troops and the Russian forces’ action in Ukraine.

He said the campaign in Ukraine was a timely and necessary move to ward off what he described as “an absolutely unacceptable threat just next to our borders.”

“The danger was rising” he said, adding that “Russia has preemptively repulsed an aggression” in what he described as a “forced, timely and the only correct decision by a sovereign, powerful and independent country.”

The Russian leader again scolded the West for failing to heed Russian demands for security guarantees and a rollback to NATO’s expansion, arguing that it left Moscow no other choice but to launch an action in Ukraine.

Putin claimed that Russian troops were fighting for the country’s security in Ukraine and observed a minute of silence to honor the troops who fell in combat. Putin noted that some of the troops taking part in the parade have previously fought in Ukraine.

Russian service members take part in a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2022.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin waves during the Victory Day Parade at Red Square on May 9, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Russia is marking their 77th Victory Day today.
Russian President Vladimir Putin waves during the Victory Day Parade at Red Square on May 9, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Russia is marking their 77th Victory Day today.
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Russian T-72B3M battle tanks roll through the Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2022. The Victory Day military parade takes place annually to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Russian T-72B3M battle tanks roll through the Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2022. The Victory Day military parade takes place annually to mark the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in World War II.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day military parade at Red Square.
Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day military parade at Red Square.
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Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.
Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian Land Forces Oleg Salyukov walk after a military parade on Victory Day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian Land Forces Oleg Salyukov walk after a military parade on Victory Day.
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