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ussian president Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech in Moscow’s Red Square in which he blamed the West for his war in Ukraine.

It came as a huge military parade was taking place in the capital to mark Russia’s “Victory Day”.

At the same time, UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace said it is possible Ukraine could “break” the Russian army.

“It is very possible that Ukraine will break the Russian army to the extent that they either have to go back to pre-February or they have to effectively … it folds in on itself,” he said in London.

The Victory Day Parade is one of the most significant events in the country. Held on May 9, it marks the end of World War II in Europe with the defeat and surrender of Nazi Germany late in the evening on May 8, 1945.

Some Russians and Western analysts believed Mr Putin would use his speech at the parade to declare the “special military operation” in Ukraine – as the Kremlin insists it be called – as a full-fledged war.

It comes as British defence chiefs said Mr Putin’s forces were having to fire “ageing” munitions in Ukraine after using up many of their precision-guided weapons.

Just hours before the Russian president was due to oversee the military parade, the UK Ministry of Defence stressed the “shortcomings” of Russia’s army to carry out precision strikes “at scale”.

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Putin delivering speech in Red Square

Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.

He has used the anniversary in recent years to needle the West before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles in Moscow’s Red Square.

This year’s event takes place under the shadow of Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

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‘West was preparing to invade our land’

Mr Putin has used his speech to claim Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

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Putin claims Ukraine invasion necessary ‘over West invasion’

Mr Putin has hailed what he calls a “great day of victory” in a speech at Moscow’s Red Square.

He claimed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

“They were openly preparing another punitive operation in [the] Donbas, to an aggression against our historical lands, including Crimea,” Mr Putin claimed.

The claims have been rejected across the international community.

The UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will say Monday that Putin’s regime is “mirroring” the actions of the Nazis amid Putin’s speech.

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Putin: ‘Troops fighting for Russian motherland’

Mr Putin tells troops and volunteers fighting in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region that they are fighting for the “Motherland”.

“You are fighting for your Motherland, its future, so that no-one will forget the lessons of the Second World War,” he said.

“The death of every soldier and officer is painful for us,” he said. “The state will do everything to take care of these families.”

Russia has concentrated its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on the eastern Donbas reigon in recent weeks, after failing to take areas in and around the capital Kyiv.

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Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade

Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade

/ AFP via Getty Images

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Putin: ‘Death of soldiers is a tragedy’

Speaking after a minute’s silence, Mr Putin told the crowd: “The death of each of our soldiers and officers is a tragedy for all of us, an irreplaceable loss to their families.

“The state, the reigons, the companies, will do everything for those families and help them. And special support will be given to the children of those fallen and wounded.

“I wish speedy recovery to the wounded soldiers and officers.”

Russia’s heavy losses are estimated to be as high as 25,000, but numbers are hard to verify, amid strong resistance to the invasion by Ukrainian forces.

Around 3,280 civilians have been killed as a result of Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Band marches in front of Red Square

/ REUTERS

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Putin invokes WW2 as he brings speech to end

Drawing his speech to a close, Mr Putin attempted to invoke the spirit of WW2.

He said: “For us, their descendants, the loyalty to the motherland is our greatest value.

“Those who defeated Nazism during the great patriotic war showed us an example of heroism for all times.

“This is the generation of victors and we’ll always take their example.”

“For Russia, For Victory, Hurrah!”

Russia has frequently labelled Ukraine as ‘neo-Nazi’, in an attempt to engender support for its unprovoked invasion.

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Russia ‘has nothing to celebrate’ – US ambassador

Ukraine’s General Staff has warned of heavier missile strikes by Russian troops to coincide with the rally.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has earlier warned the anniversary, which marks Russia’s triumph over Nazi Germany in 1945, could bring a renewed onslaught. “They have nothing to celebrate,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said of the Russians, speaking on CNN.

“They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They have not succeeded in dividing the world or dividing NATO. And they have only succeeded in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe.”

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Zelensky: ‘No invader can rule over our people’

In his own address to mark WW2, Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelensky said his country would win against Russia and would not cede any territory.

“There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we will win,” he said in a written address.

In a video marking the day of the Allied victory in Europe 77 years ago, Mr Zelensky appeared in black-and-white footage in front of a ruined apartment block in Borodyanka, a Kyiv suburb.

Drawing parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the evils of Nazism, Mr Zelensky said generations of Ukrainians understand the significance of the words “Never again,” a vow not to allow a repeat of the horrors of the Holocaust.



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ussian president Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech in Moscow’s Red Square in which he blamed the West for his war in Ukraine.

It came as a huge military parade was taking place in the capital to mark Russia’s “Victory Day”.

At the same time, UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace said it is possible Ukraine could “break” the Russian army.

“It is very possible that Ukraine will break the Russian army to the extent that they either have to go back to pre-February or they have to effectively … it folds in on itself,” he said in London.

The Victory Day Parade is one of the most significant events in the country. Held on May 9, it marks the end of World War II in Europe with the defeat and surrender of Nazi Germany late in the evening on May 8, 1945.

Some Russians and Western analysts believed Mr Putin would use his speech at the parade to declare the “special military operation” in Ukraine – as the Kremlin insists it be called – as a full-fledged war.

It comes as British defence chiefs said Mr Putin’s forces were having to fire “ageing” munitions in Ukraine after using up many of their precision-guided weapons.

Just hours before the Russian president was due to oversee the military parade, the UK Ministry of Defence stressed the “shortcomings” of Russia’s army to carry out precision strikes “at scale”.

1652081075

Putin delivering speech in Red Square

Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.

He has used the anniversary in recent years to needle the West before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles in Moscow’s Red Square.

This year’s event takes place under the shadow of Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

1652081536

‘West was preparing to invade our land’

Mr Putin has used his speech to claim Russia’s intervention in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

1652081690

Putin claims Ukraine invasion necessary ‘over West invasion’

Mr Putin has hailed what he calls a “great day of victory” in a speech at Moscow’s Red Square.

He claimed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

“They were openly preparing another punitive operation in [the] Donbas, to an aggression against our historical lands, including Crimea,” Mr Putin claimed.

The claims have been rejected across the international community.

The UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will say Monday that Putin’s regime is “mirroring” the actions of the Nazis amid Putin’s speech.

1652081960

Putin: ‘Troops fighting for Russian motherland’

Mr Putin tells troops and volunteers fighting in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region that they are fighting for the “Motherland”.

“You are fighting for your Motherland, its future, so that no-one will forget the lessons of the Second World War,” he said.

“The death of every soldier and officer is painful for us,” he said. “The state will do everything to take care of these families.”

Russia has concentrated its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on the eastern Donbas reigon in recent weeks, after failing to take areas in and around the capital Kyiv.

1652082076

Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade

Members of a military band march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade

/ AFP via Getty Images

1652082385

Putin: ‘Death of soldiers is a tragedy’

Speaking after a minute’s silence, Mr Putin told the crowd: “The death of each of our soldiers and officers is a tragedy for all of us, an irreplaceable loss to their families.

“The state, the reigons, the companies, will do everything for those families and help them. And special support will be given to the children of those fallen and wounded.

“I wish speedy recovery to the wounded soldiers and officers.”

Russia’s heavy losses are estimated to be as high as 25,000, but numbers are hard to verify, amid strong resistance to the invasion by Ukrainian forces.

Around 3,280 civilians have been killed as a result of Mr Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

1652082518

Band marches in front of Red Square

/ REUTERS

1652082883

Putin invokes WW2 as he brings speech to end

Drawing his speech to a close, Mr Putin attempted to invoke the spirit of WW2.

He said: “For us, their descendants, the loyalty to the motherland is our greatest value.

“Those who defeated Nazism during the great patriotic war showed us an example of heroism for all times.

“This is the generation of victors and we’ll always take their example.”

“For Russia, For Victory, Hurrah!”

Russia has frequently labelled Ukraine as ‘neo-Nazi’, in an attempt to engender support for its unprovoked invasion.

1652083298

Russia ‘has nothing to celebrate’ – US ambassador

Ukraine’s General Staff has warned of heavier missile strikes by Russian troops to coincide with the rally.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has earlier warned the anniversary, which marks Russia’s triumph over Nazi Germany in 1945, could bring a renewed onslaught. “They have nothing to celebrate,” Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said of the Russians, speaking on CNN.

“They have not succeeded in defeating the Ukrainians. They have not succeeded in dividing the world or dividing NATO. And they have only succeeded in isolating themselves internationally and becoming a pariah state around the globe.”

1652083629

Zelensky: ‘No invader can rule over our people’

In his own address to mark WW2, Ukraine’s president Volodymr Zelensky said his country would win against Russia and would not cede any territory.

“There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we will win,” he said in a written address.

In a video marking the day of the Allied victory in Europe 77 years ago, Mr Zelensky appeared in black-and-white footage in front of a ruined apartment block in Borodyanka, a Kyiv suburb.

Drawing parallels between Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the evils of Nazism, Mr Zelensky said generations of Ukrainians understand the significance of the words “Never again,” a vow not to allow a repeat of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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