Putin compared Russia’s war in Ukraine to World War II and lashed out at Germany for helping to arm Kyiv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, predicting Russia’s victory in the war in Ukraine, invoked the famous World War II victory over the Nazis to rally the country.
To mark the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II at the Battle of Stalingrad, President Putin commemorated the eternity of the Memorial to the Fallen Red Army Soldiers in Volgograd, the current name of Volgograd. I laid a wreath on the flames of the
“Unfortunately, the ideology of Nazism has emerged in a modern form and is once again threatening our country’s security,” he said. “We have to repel attacks by Western groups again and again.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish, but Putin and other Russian officials often characterize Ukraine as a hotbed of neo-Nazi beliefs.
Putin also lashed out at Germany for helping arm Kyiv and said it was ready to use all of Russia’s arsenals, including nuclear weapons.
“It’s unbelievable, but it’s true. They’re threatening us again with German Leopard tanks with crosses on their armor,” Putin said.
“And they are going to fight Russia again on Ukrainian territory at the hands of Hitler’s loyal banderites.”
Germany has been pondering the decision to send tanks to Ukraine for months, but aims to deliver them in late March or early April as part of an alliance of countries wishing to supply units to Kyiv. ing.
Battle of Stalingrad
The Battle of Stalingrad has deep repercussions in Russia.
The five-month battle, from August 1942 to February 1943, killed two million soldiers and civilians, and is considered the bloodiest battle in history. Much of the city was reduced to rubble before the Nazi army surrendered on February 2, 1943.
It was a major turning point in World War II, and the battle was celebrated as a demonstration of military prowess and moral earnestness, and a great source of pride for modern Russia.
The city was renamed in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union’s rejection of the cult of personality of dictator Joseph Stalin. Calls for the revival of the old name have not been approved by the Kremlin.
Lawmakers from the ruling United Russia Party have been told to liken Ukraine’s battle to Stalingrad as Russian troops struggle to gain ground in Ukraine, Kommersant reported.