Putin accuses the West of backing threats of ‘nuclear conflict,’ upsetting Ukraine battle

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Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the West in his Victory Day speech Monday on the Kremlin, claiming that the U.S. and different international locations had propped up a “threat” on Russia’s borders and had even supported threats of nuclear conflict towards the Kremlin.

“Russia has always stood up for an international system of equality,” Putin mentioned, based on a translation from the German outlet Deutsche-Welle. “We have always tried to find compromise solutions. … Other countries had completely different plans.”

“They have tried to attack our historical territories like the Crimea. They have threatened to use nuclear war, and the West has supported these military actions carried out in our neighborhood and that is why it was a threat we couldn’t accept,” the Russian president added. He claimed there was a “threat to our border.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) looks on as he stands with military personnel during a flower laying ceremony marking Victory Day in Sevastopol May 9, 2014.  Putin went to Crimea on Friday for the first time since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March, a visit that is likely to anger the Ukrainian leadership and upset the West. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov 

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) appears to be like on as he stands with army personnel throughout a flower laying ceremony marking Victory Day in Sevastopol Might 9, 2014.  Putin went to Crimea on Friday for the primary time since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March, a go to that’s prone to anger the Ukrainian management and upset the West. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov 
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“We have seen the military infrastructure developed,” Putin claimed, mentioning “more and more international military advisors coming into the country. The country was provided with modern weapons. There was a threat that was growing day by day”

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Putin condemned the US by identify. “The United States of America, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union,… have humiliated not only the whole world but also their satellite states.”

“They have tried to denigrate the memory of the Second World War,” he charged.

Putin additionally claimed that “the enemies of our country have tried to use international terrorism against us,” seemingly referring to the elevated sanctions towards Russia and the seizure of Russian oligarchs’ property overseas.

Putin mentioned these dwelling at this time are “the successor generation” to the era that fought World Battle II. “Those who won a victory over fascism in the Second World War are a symbol for us,” he mentioned.

“Today in the Donbas, the militia and our forces stand up in order to defend our territory,” Putin mentioned. “We have many people we should remember and they are now supporting us in the Donbas. You are fighting for your homeland, for the future of our homeland.”

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Evoking the historical past of Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany on Might 9, 1945, Putin repeatedly tied the present authorities of Ukraine – which is headed by the Jewish President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – to the Nazis.

“We are dealing with Nazis,” he mentioned when mentioning the ostensible risk of Ukraine. “We are going to punish the Nazis,” he vowed whereas cheering on Russian troops within the Donbas. 

“We also would like to respect those who fought with us in 2014,” Putin added, hailing “the peaceful people in the Donbas who were killed by the Nazis.” 

The Russian president gave the impression to be citing the Azov Battalion, a unit of Ukraine’s Nationwide Guard in Mariupol that was as soon as a volunteer regiment and first noticed fight in June 2014. In March 2015, Andriy Diachenko, a spokesman for the brigade, told USA Today that 10% to twenty% are Nazis, however the ideology “has nothing to do with the official ideology of the Azov.”

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Zelenskyy emphatically denied the declare that the Azov Battalion fosters Nazism. 

“The Azov Regiment is not a volunteer (formation), but part of the National Guard,” Zelenskyy said last week. “They are (part of) the official army of our state. Anyone who wanted to get involved in politics, (left the Azov Regiment). Those who decided to serve in the National Guard of Ukraine became part of the National Guard of Ukraine.”

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