Putin’s Victory Day speech leaves no clue for future escalation

Vladimir Putin advised the Russians to fight in a speech on Monday’s Rebellious Victory Day, but despite western warnings, he used the address of his Red Square to order the mobilization of the country. Silenced about plans for escalation in Ukraine that it might.

In Ukraine, Kyiv did not give up on the fighting, explaining the intensification of Russia’s attack in the east and the new impetus to defeat the last Ukrainian army at the abandoned Mariupol steelworks.

The annual parade in Moscow on Monday has been the focus of attention since the defeat of the Nazis in 1945, with regular ballistic missiles and tanks ringing across the cobblestones.

The western capital has openly speculated that Putin is pushing his army to achieve sufficient progress by the symbolic date of proclaiming victory, but so far there has been little benefit. Instead, it may announce a national war call.

In the end, he did neither, but repeated his claim that Ukrainian Russian troops were fighting the Nazis again.

“You are fighting for your country and for its future. Remember the lessons of World War II. May there be no place in the world for executioners, blame, Nazis. “Putin said from a tribune outside the Kremlin Wall.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to defeat the Ukrainians in his speech.

“On the day of victory over Nazism, we are fighting for a new victory. The road to it is difficult, but we are certain to win,” Zelensky said in a plain, rolled-up shirt sleeve. He wore military uniform and said.

In a clear reference to Putin, Zelensky added:

Putin’s war killed thousands of civilians, fled millions, and turned cities into rubble. Russia rarely shows it beyond the territory of the South and the slightest interests of the East.

Vila Mikhairivna, 90, a survivor of World War II, evacuated to a subway station in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s predominantly Russian-speaking city of World War II, with tear-stained cheeks. I buried it in the palm of my hand.

“I didn’t expect this to happen to us,” she said. “This day was once a wonderful celebration.”

Kateryna Grigoriyevna, 79, a retired bank manager who spent 10 weeks underground at a cave station, sat down eating ice cream to buy for Victory Day.

“We don’t like Putin,” she said, glancing at the platters of about 200 people gathering on tents and thin mattresses.

“Preferably commit suicide”

“Only disgrace, and certainly defeat”

The Soviet victory in World War II gained almost religious status in Russia under Putin. Putin evoked memories of the “Great Patriotic War” throughout what was called a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Western nations are considering false analogies to justify unprovoked attacks.

“In Ukraine, there can be no day of victory, it is a disgrace, and it will only be defeated,” said British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace. “He must understand how he was lost in the long run, and he was absolutely lost.”

After the attack on Kieu was defeated by strong Ukrainian resistance in March, Russia deployed more troops in the east last month for a large-scale attack. But Russia’s interests are slow at best, and Western weapons are flooding Ukraine with the expected counterattack.

Western military experts, many of whom initially predicted Russia’s swift victory, say Moscow may now have run out of fresh troops. With a full declaration of war, Putin can activate the reserves and send recruits.

“The rhetoric Putin used in his speech is not important. What is it if he does not declare war or general mobilization? [is] It’s important. ” Phillips O’Brien, a professor of strategic research at the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom, tweeted.

“Without concrete steps to build a new army, Russia would not be able to fight a long war and the clock would begin to tick on the failure of their army in Ukraine.”

In Russia, where independent journalism is virtually banned, the war still seems to enjoy strong public support, and state television states that Russia is protecting itself from NATO. Conscription tests its support.

Olga, who participated in the “Immortal Regiment” commemorative march in St. Petersburg, said he was afraid of the student’s son.

“I’m really worried about him. Really. I know many mothers whose sons are of conscription age … they are trying to find a way to prevent their children from going to this war. is.”

“Storming operation”

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said Russian troops backed by tanks and artillery were conducting “attack operations” at the Azovstali plant in Mariupol. Citizens evacuating there have recently evacuated.

“Today, the Russians have focused on blasting the bridge where the evacuation takes place and tried to block our defenders from possible exits,” said Petro Andrewschenko, aide to the mayor of Mariupol. ..

On the Eastern Front, Ukrainian military headquarters at nightly Facebook briefings attempted to control the Luhansk region town of Rubizhne in order for Russian troops to create favorable conditions for further assaults on the towns of Lyman and Sieviero Donetsk. He said he was trying.

Just before the Red Square parade aired, the Moscow satellite TV menu was temporarily modified to show viewers a message condemning the Ukrainian War.

“Television and authorities are lying. War is not allowed,” the message said. -Reuters Putin’s Victory Day speech leaves no clue for future escalation

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