Putin blasts ‘Nazi filth’ in Ukraine in Victory Day remarks

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the anniversary of Crimea’s annexation by Russia at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow in March. Putin on Sunday blasted “Nazi filth” in Ukraine in remarks he made to commemorate Victory Day, the 77th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. File Photo by Sergei Guneyev/EPA-EFE

Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted “Nazi filth” in Ukraine in remarks he made to commemorate Victory Day, the 77th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Putin’s remarks also noted that he sent congratulatory messages to the Russian appointed heads of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, which together make up the Donbas region, for “fighting shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of their native land.”

In the last month, Russia has refocused its fighting in the Donbas region, which has largely been held by Russian-backed separatists since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Putin had recognized Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics in the days before the invasion.


3 / 3Russian servicemen control the boarding of a bus by the civilian people who were evacuated from Azovstal in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Saturday. Photo by Alessandro Guerra/EPA-EFE

“Today, the common duty is to prevent the revival of Nazism, which brought so much suffering to people from different countries,” Putin said in the messages, according to a press release from the Kremlin.

“It is necessary to preserve and pass on to posterity the truth about the events of the war years, common spiritual values and traditions of fraternal friendship.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday met with Bärbel Blas, the president of Germany’s parliament, in Kyiv as the countries commemorated the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday met with Bärbel Blas, the president of Germany’s parliament, in Kyiv as the countries commemorated the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Photo courtesy Volodymyr Zelensky

Source: UPI

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