Here are the highlights of the events related to the war in Ukraine in the last 24 hours:
Victory parade: Putin did not say war on Ukrainebut justified the military operation as inevitable
Russian President Vladimir Putin has not officially declared war on Ukrainebut said in a VE Day speech that Russia had no choice but to pursue the “special operation.”
“In 2021, we offered to sign a security guarantee agreement. Russia was ready to compromise, but it was in vain. They did not listen to us. They had completely different plans, as we have seen. Preparations were underway to attack Donbass, kyiv began to talk about nuclear weapons, about the real absorption of our territories. It was an unacceptable threat, right next to our borders, and the United States and its partners were deploying their military infrastructure with advanced weapons, and the danger was growing. That is why Russia took only the right decision to defend its sovereignty. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States spoke of its exclusivity, humiliating not only the world but also its satellites. (…) This moral degradation has become a cynical Russophobia. (…) American veterans who wanted to come were prohibited from attending the parade, but we are proud of them. We pay tribute to all Allied armies who defeated militarism and Nazism.” he said.
He took a special place to thank the “activists from Donbass, who are fighting alongside the Russian army, for the future of their homeland“and recalled”the barbaric neo-Nazi strikes in Odessa in 2014.”
In his speech, Putin announced that he had signed a decree to provide all possible assistance to the families and children of those killed in the “special operation” and thanked the doctors who treat the wounded on the battlefields.
He said that Donbass soldiers were also present in Red Square. “We remember how terrorist gangs tried to weaken our positions and divide us, but nothing happened. Today, militias and soldiers are fighting side by side. It is the strength of Russia and our multinational people“, concluded Vladimir Putin and called for a minute of silence in memory of those killed.
Victory parade began with the ringing of the Kremlin bells when the Spasskaya Tower counted 10 o’clock.
Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces of the Russian Federation General Oleg Salyukov opened the ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the victory over Hitler’s fascism.
He reported to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who rode into Red Square standing on the Russian Aurus convertible, which was first shown last year. Shoigu hosted the parade troops – ground forces, air defense, engineering and railway troops, chemical and biological protection troops, space and missile forces, navy, Cossack society, cadets – Nakhimov and Suvorov, graduates of military schools. The Minister of Defense concluded his honorary tour with a report to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, Vladimir Putin.
11,000 soldiers took part in the Victory Parade, dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the victory of Hitler Germany. Traditionally, T-34-85 tanks were the first to cross the sidewalk of Russiafollowed by the T-72B3M, an updated version of the T-72B adopted by the Soviet army in the mid-1980s. After them came the operational-tactical complex “Iskander-M”, designed for high-precision strikes on various targets at a distance of up to five hundred kilometers.
At the last moment, the Kremlin canceled the aerial part of the Red Square parade. According to Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, quoted by RIA Novosti, the reason is bad weather. “Such is the weather in Moscow now“, RIA Novosti’s Kremlin spokesman commented with a photo on his Telegram channel. Shortly before that, Evgeniy Tishkovets, a leading employee of the Phobos Meteorological Center, told RIA Novosti that the weather conditions at the era when the aerial part of Victory Parade were to take place would be difficult. On the morning of May 9, cumulus clouds could appear in the collection area behind the cyclone. According to the first information and flights in the sky above Lenin’s mausoleum, the presidential IL-80, the craft equipped for the head of the Russian state in the event of a nuclear attack warnamed after its American counterpart “Doomsday Plane”, was to fly.
A squadron of MiG-29SMT fighters, which was to be arranged in the form of the letter Z, did not fly over the heads of the audience, as was the script.
The authorities of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic also organized a parade of victory. At the head of the column in Donetsk was the head of local state administration Denis Pushilin. Luhansk’s inclusions on national TV channels were advertised as direct inclusions of Voroshilovgrad, the city’s former Soviet name.
Four rockets hit Odessa as Putin gave a speech in Red Square
Four rockets hit the Ukrainian port city of Odessa shortly after 11 a.m., the BBC reported, adding that the information had been confirmed.
At 11:05 a.m., four Onyx missiles hit the Odessa region, reports UNIAN. Ukrainian authorities say they were fired from the Bastion complex in Crimea.
There is still no information on the damage or if there are any casualties or injuries.
They warn that rocket attacks in the area are likely to continue and call on people to be vigilant and cautious.
Meanwhile, in Moscow’s Red Square, Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking on Victory Day, accusing the West of having war in Ukraineclaiming that the Russian Federation had no choice but to launch a “special operation” to invade Ukraine February 24, 2022
Zelensky: We will not allow Russia to claim complete victory in the world War II
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine will not allow Russia to claim complete victory in the world War II. He stressed that his country would not give “one piece“from his land to Russia.”The road is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win.” said Zelensky.
In a statement marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country was fighting for another victory and would achieve it. war against Russia.
“We are fighting for the freedom of our children and that is why we will win. We will never forget what our ancestors did in the world. War II, in which more than eight million Ukrainians were killed. There will soon be two Victory Days in Ukraine. Then we won. We will win now!”, Said President Zelensky and added: “
“On the day of victory over Nazism, we are fighting for another victory. The road is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win.”
The Ukrainian leader also stressed that Ukrainians are a free people who have fought many times in their history to defend their land and have “their own way.”
“We are proud of our predecessors who, together with other nations of the anti-Hitler coalition, defeated Nazism. We will not allow anyone to annex this victory, we will not allow it to be appropriated”, he said.
Yesterday evening, in another speech, the President of Ukraine said Russia got”forgot everything that was important for the winners of the World War II.” Zelensky condemned the heavy shelling by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. 60 people were killed in a village in the Lugansk region, when a school was hit. The building served as a refuge.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg uses VE Day to call Russiathe leader to end the war in Ukraine immediately. He told the German newspaper Die Welt that Vladimir Putin should withdraw his troops from Ukraine and begin peace talks.
Canada will provide more weapons to Ukraine and impose new sanctions Russia
Canada will provide more weapons and equipment for Ukrainesaid Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after an unannounced visit to Kyiv yesterday, the BBC reported.
After talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trudeau announced that Canada would impose new sanctions on Russian individuals and corporations in connection with Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “Today I am announcing more military aid, drone cameras, satellite imagery, small arms, ammunition and other forms of support, including funding for mine clearance operations,said Trudeau.
Canada will also impose sanctions on 40 other Russians and five legal entities, including oligarchs and those close to the regime in the defense sector.
Trudeau visited the town of Irpen near kyiv, which was at the center of heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian troops before the Russians withdrew in late March.
The Canadian Prime Minister has announced that his country is taking over its embassy in the Ukrainian capital.
As part of its efforts to maintain food security, Canada is providing $25 million to the United Nations World Food Program and will eliminate trade tariffs on all Ukrainian imports into Canada next year.
New US sanctions against Russia – for advertising and accounting
The United States announced new sanctions against Russia to invade Ukrainereported the Associated Press.
Sanctions include stopping Western advertisements on Russiathe three largest television networks, a ban on the ability of American accounting and consulting firms to provide services to Russians and more restrictions on Russiaof the industrial sector.
The new sanctions will affect three of the RussiaThe country’s most popular TV channels, Channel One, Russia-1 and NTV, which the US says are the main TV channels broadcasting misinformation about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The United States says it has already imposed around 2,600 visa restrictions on Russian and Belarusian officials.
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