In his address, the Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin again to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Nato and Ukraine were creating threats “unacceptable to us” on Russia’s borders.
However, most of the world, and international bodies such as the United Nations, consider Russia the aggressor and Moscow’s operation in Ukraine as an illegal invasion.
- Vladimir Putin tells a huge military parade in Moscow’s Red Square that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are “defending the motherland”
- He says the invasion of Ukraine – what he called a “special military operation” – was necessary and had been provoked by the West
- There had been speculation Russian leader could use the occasion to make a major announcement but he did not do so
- Parades are taking place in 28 Russian cities involving 65,000 people, 2,400 items of military hardware and more than 400 aircraft
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- In his own Victory Day speech on Sunday, Ukraine’s President Zelensky said Russia was replicating Nazi atrocities