Contrary to expectations, Putin’s speech attacks the West and justifies the Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose speech was a popular mobilization for the Russian military operation in Ukraine and a warning to Western countries, said that the Russian army is currently fighting in Ukraine for “the people of Donbass and for the security of their homeland”, and that his country was forced to take a proactive move to repel an inevitable Western aggression against it.

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Over the past years, Putin has used the military parade to display the strength of his army and sometimes reveal new super-capable weapons, but this year’s parade came amid a major crisis between Russia and Western-backed Ukraine.

The new speech of the Russian president also came in contradiction to Western expectations, which set out 3 options that he will announce in his speech, which the whole world is watching, according to observers.

These three scenarios ranged from general and military mobilization to compensate for Russian losses in Ukraine with the ranks of the forces, or declaring total war on Ukraine, as well as declaring victory in the ongoing war, according to speculations of Western reports.

But Putin disagreed with that and talked about the West’s attempts to divide Russia, as he sought for mass and popular mobilization at home and in the pro-Russian regions, about the war in Ukraine and sending messages to the separatists in Donbass, and the importance of liberating them from what he described as “Ukrainian Nazism,” according to experts.

In this regard, Putin stressed that “the Donbass fighters and soldiers of the Russian army are fighting on their lands where their ancestors fought the enemy,” and told them: “You are fighting for the homeland and the future, so that the world will be free of executioners and Nazis.”

Courting the families of the Russian victims during the fighting in Ukraine, the Russian president stressed that “the death of every soldier is a tragedy for all of us, pledging to make every effort to help the families and children of the fallen soldiers in Ukraine,” and declared a minute of silence in honor of the lives of the Russians killed during World War II.

Putin also signed a decree on imposing additional measures to support the families of military personnel and employees of some federal government agencies.

The decree instructed the Russian government to guarantee children of servicemen and employees of federal executive authorities and federal government bodies who participated in the activities of the special military operation in the Donetsk, Lugansk and Ukraine regions, including those killed while providing scholarships for admission to higher education programs, 10% of the total volume For grants provided by the federal budget allocations.

Putin also congratulated all the military and veterans on the “Victory Day”, saying: “We are proud of the brave and proud generation of victory, and our duty is to preserve the memory of those who crushed Nazism.”

In an attempt to raise morale, he ended his speech with a strong shout to the mobilized soldiers, “For Russia, for victory.”

The specialist in Russian affairs, Nabil Rashwan, said that Putin’s speech contradicted all scenarios that talked about declaring total war, summoning recruits, and pushing more forces to take full control of the Donbass region.

He added to “Sky News Arabia”, that the Victory Day enjoys a special place among the Russians, as all components of the Russian people, with their multiple nationalities and different orientations, are united on it, pointing out that Putin “tried to mobilize the masses inside Russia and raise the fighting spirit of the soldiers on the fronts by talking about Fighting in their country and defending its security, as he flirted with the families of the victims of the Ukrainian war.

And he added, “The speech opened the door to peace in Ukraine, and provided a justification for the Russian people and the outside world about the military operation in Ukraine, when he stressed that NATO planned to launch a war on the Crimea and Donbass and that Moscow was forced to preemptive strikes to repel this aggression.”

Messages to the West

The Russian speech also carried several messages to the West, including, “Russia was calling on the West to have an honest dialogue, but the NATO countries did not want to hear it, and the alliance began militarily advancing to the regions next to Russia, and there were preparations to launch an attack on the Crimea.”

He also blamed Washington, saying: “After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States began to talk about its uniqueness, insulting not only the whole world, but also those in its orbit and by submission,” adding: “We are a different country from the West and we will never abandon the love of the homeland.” faith, traditional values ​​and respect for all peoples and cultures.”

Putin said that Russia preemptively repelled the aggression, and that “this was a forced decision taken at the right time, and it was the only right decision.”

In his speech, which was watched by the Russians internally and the outside world, Putin said that “the Russian army is defending the motherland in Ukraine.”

In this regard, Andrei Plakanov, an expert on Russian affairs, said: “Putin’s speech exposed neo-Nazi attempts to control Ukraine, as well as the plans of the West, which tried to distort and demonize Russia.”

He added to Sky News Arabia: “This year’s Victory Day celebrations are different from the previous ones due to the emergence of tensions raised by the neo-Nazis in Ukraine, similar to the German Nazis during World War II, which swept Europe and led the German army, which caused the outbreak of World War II,” adding: Russia is fighting neo-Nazism in Ukraine just as it fought it in Germany 77 years ago.”

And he added, “Our Russian armed forces, as they achieved the tasks assigned to them in World War II, will successfully implement their plans in Ukraine to repel any aggression from the West against Russia, which deliberately distorts its image to deceive peoples and drag the world into the neo-Nazi movement.”

He added, “The West failed to divide Russia after its attempts since the 1990s to launch strikes to destabilize the security of our country by sending weapons to the former Soviet countries to stir unrest inside Russia and endanger our security.”

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