“Russia will never give up love for country, faith and traditional values”
In an 11 minute speech marking the 77th anniversary of Victory Day in Europe, Monday, President Vladimir Putin said Russia will never give up on love for the country, faith and traditional values. He made the remarks at the annual Victory Day parade in Moscow’s iconic Red Square.
In a calm and restrained speech, Putin said “We will never give up our love for the country, faith, traditional values, ancestral customs and respect for all peoples and cultures. As for the West, it seems to be determined to cancel these millennia-old values.”
Taking a swipe at the west he continued. “This moral degradation paved the way for cynical falsifications of the history of World War II, attempts to incite Russophobia, glorify traitors, mock the memory of their victims and wipe out the bravery of those who fought and suffered for the Victory.”
Taking shots at the United States and its proxies he said after the Cold War “the United States started talking about its exceptionalism, which is humiliating not only for the entire world but also for its satellites who have to pretend that they don’t notice anything and obediently accept it all.”
He also laid out reason why he ordered the special military operation in Ukraine as that was only the correct choice. “We saw how the military infrastructure was unfolding… with the most modern weapons being regularly delivered from NATO countries. Russia offered a preemptive rebuff to the aggression – this was a forced, timely and the sole correct decision, one taken by a strong and independent country. Everything had indicated that a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera-followers, on whom the United States and its allies had staked, would be inevitable,” Putin stressed. though Western media had claimed he was going to declare war on Ukraine or announce new objectives he did not mention Ukraine directly nor any indication that the war will spill over into western Europe.
The Victory Day Parade which commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 began with the march of the Honour Guard’s banner group carrying the Russian national flag and the legendary Victory Banner across Red Square. The Victory Banner was hoisted over the Reichstag by soldiers of the Soviet 150th Idritskaya rifle division in May 1945.
Russian Defense Minister General of the Army Sergey Shoigu reviewed the parade, which was commanded by Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief General of the Army Oleg Salyukov. With Supreme Commander Vladimir Putin taking the salute. This year, Russia’s Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square involved 11,000 troops and 131 items of military and special hardware.