Russia-Ukraine: West posed ‘Unacceptable Threat’, says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin likens military action in Ukraine to Soviet fighting in World War II against Adolf Hitler’s Germany.

  • President Vladimir Putin tells a WWII Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are “defending the motherland”.
  • Putin also says Moscow’s offensive was a preemptive move to ward off aggression from the West.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vows his country will win the war and accuses Russia of staging a “bloody re-enactment of Nazism”.

The leader of the Moscow-backed, self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine has taken part in Victory Day celebrations in the southeastern city of Mariupol.

Denis Pushilin was seen yelling “Hurrah!” and carrying a giant St. George’s Ribbon – a symbol of Russia’s victory in WWII – in a video posted on Telegram.

Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kyiv.

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