DW verifies Putin’s speech on “Victory Day”

Ukraine, a nuclear threat? A Ukrainian invasion of Crimea? Ukrainian neo-Nazis? Russian President Vladimir Putin’s May 9 speech contained both new and familiar accusations. Most wrong.

At the military parade in Moscow and for the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin made serious accusations against Ukraine and the West. DW examined and verified the most important statements in Putin’s speech.

Affirmation: “A possible acquisition of nuclear weapons was announced in kyiv. The NATO bloc started active military development in our border areas,” Putin said in his speech.

DW verifies: false

With this statement, President Vladimir Putin initially referred to a speech by Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky at the Munich Security Conference in February 2021. Zelensky mentioned the 1994 Budapest Memorandum in which Russia, The US and Britain were committed to respecting the inviolability of the borders of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. In exchange, Ukraine returned to Russia its nuclear weapons inherited from the Soviet Union or destroyed them.

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After Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Zelensky indicated at the Munich Security Conference that Ukraine could withdraw from the agreement, but it would have relatively few legal consequences, since the Budapest Memorandum does not expressly prohibit Ukraine from aspiring to count again. with nuclear weapons.

In fact, there is no evidence that kyiv wants to have nuclear weapons on its territory again.

Affirmation: Russia is waging a preventive war against Ukraine, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine would have prepared for a new “punitive operation in Donbas” and an “invasion” of the “historical Russian territories, including Crimea”. NATO countries would have supplied Ukraine with the most modern weapons.

DW verifies: false

The Ukrainian government has always emphasized that its goal is to find a diplomatic and not a military solution to the conflict in Donbas. Since 2014, Russia has turned the Crimean peninsula into a military fortress and equipped it with the most modern weapons. The Armed Forces of Ukraine do not have this type of weaponry and are far inferior to the Russian troops in Crimea.

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