Putin holds a portrait of his father, war veteran Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he takes part in the Immortal Regiment march on Victory Day, which marks the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Photo: Reuters.
In a speech marking the 77th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the assault on Ukraine inevitable, claiming without evidence that Kyiv planned to attack eastern areas of Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists and invade occupied Crimea. Putin made no major announcements in a speech at Moscow’s annual Red Square military parade, defying speculation he may further escalate his faltering 10-week-old war.
He said, however, that Russia was under threat by Western countries and NATO, accusing them of preparing an attack on Crimea, which Moscow’s forces annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
“Last year, we suggested to
First Published: May 09 2022 | 11:16 PM IST