“Russia gave a preventive response to aggression”: Putin addresses the military operation in Ukraine in his Victory Day speech

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, addressed the nation on Monday on the occasion of the 77th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet people over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945), as the participation of the USSR in World War II.

“The defense of the motherland, when its destiny was defined, has always been sacred,” Putin declared, recalling heroic episodes in Russian history. “Similarly, these days you are fighting for our people in Donbass, for the security of our homeland, Russia,” he continued.

Referring to the special military operation in Ukraine, the president maintained that “the danger was increasing every day” and affirmed that “Russia gave a preventive response to the aggression”, in the case of a “forced, timely and the only correct” decision. that could be taken.

Victory Day, which is commemorated every May 9, is celebrated with traditional military parades both in Red Square in Moscow and in other cities of the country, as well as marches by the Immortal Regiment, an event in which the participants to the streets carrying portraits of their relatives who died during the fight against fascism.

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The great parade organized in the Russian capital is attended by 11,000 representatives of the Armed Forces and military equipment, including infantry vehicles, tanks, Iskander-M tactical-operational missile system units, Tornado-G multiple rocket launcher systems , S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems, along with the mobile-based RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles, among others.

“The attempt to please the aggressor cost our people dearly”

During his speech on February 24, the day the Russian military operation began in Ukraine, Putin stressed that “in 1940 and early 1941, the Soviet Union sought to avoid, or at least delay the start of, the war, of all possible ways” and for this “he tried not to provoke the potential aggressor until the last moment, he did not carry out or postpone the most necessary and obvious measures of preparation to repel the inevitable attack, and the measures that were finally taken were disastrously late” .

“That is why the country was not prepared to fully face the invasion of Nazi Germany, which attacked our homeland without a declaration of war on June 22, 1941. The enemy was stopped and then defeated, but at a colossal cost. The attempt to please the aggressor on the eve of the Great Patriotic War was a mistake that cost our people dearly. In the first months of fighting we lost vast territories of strategic importance and millions of people. We will not make that mistake a second time, no we have the right,” said the Russian president.

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In this sense, Putin recalled that in December of last year Moscow “undertook one more attempt” to reach an agreement with the United States and its allies on the principles of security in the European region and the non-enlargement of NATO, but ” It was all in vain.” “The US position does not change. They do not consider it necessary to agree with Russia on this key issue for us and disregard our interests, pursuing their own goals,” the Russian president summed up.

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