Russia: In “Victory Day” speech, Putin blames the West for his Ukraine fiasco

Source: CNBC

“President Vladimir Putin on Monday tried to defend Russia’s unprovoked [sic]invasion of Ukraine in his annual ‘Victory Day’ speech, urging his forces on to victory while evoking Russia’s triumph over Nazi Germany in World War II. Speaking ahead of a massive parade of troops, tanks and military hardware in Moscow, Putin claimed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been necessary because the West was ‘preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea,’ according to comments translated by Reuters. … The remarks come as Russia commemorates one of the most important events on its national calendar — Victory Day — marking the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Evoking that victory in his speech Monday, Putin urged the Russian army toward victory in Ukraine, saying there was a duty to remember those who defeated Nazism.” (05/09/22)