“Free Ukraine from Nazi filth”
Putin’s vulgar greeting on May 8
08/05/2022, 3:28 p.m.
Even in the official greeting telegram at the end of the Second World War, the boss of the Kremlin does not dispense with insults: Russian soldiers have just liberated Ukraine from the “Nazi reck”. Putin wishes attacked neighbors a “peaceful and just future”.
Overshadowed by Russia’s war on Ukraine, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin congratulated the leaders of several former Soviet republics and breakaway areas in eastern Ukraine on the 77th anniversary of the end of the world war. He ignored the Western allies of the then anti-Hitler coalition and the Ukrainian and Georgian governments. “Today it is a collective duty to prevent the revival of Nazism, which caused so much suffering to the people of different countries,” reads the message posted on the Kremlin’s website.
“As in 1945, victory will be ours,” Putin said. “Today, like their ancestors, our soldiers are fighting shoulder to shoulder to liberate their homeland from Nazi filth.” In a passage addressed to Ukrainians, Putin said: “Unfortunately, today Nazism is resurfacing. Our sacred duty is to prevent the ideological heirs of those who have been defeated” from taking “revenge”. He wished all residents of Ukraine a “peaceful and just future”.
Selenskyj sees the Nazis in Moscow
On February 24, Russia launched a war of aggression against Ukraine and justified it with an allegedly necessary “denazification” of the neighboring country, without providing any evidence. In a video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky compared the Russian attack on his country to the Wehrmacht attack on the Soviet Union in 1941.
Putin’s letter was addressed to the governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, among others, as well as several former Soviet republics in Central Asia. In addition to the breakaway Ukrainian regions of eastern Donetsk and Lugansk, which Moscow recognized as independent in late February in the face of violent international protests, Putin also praised the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which had broken with the South Caucasus. Republic of Georgia. He also mentioned the Ukrainian and Georgian peoples, but not their governments. Russia went to war with Georgia in 2008.
Russia traditionally celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. A large military parade is scheduled for Monday in Moscow to mark the occasion.