This week will mark one year since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.
On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin spoke at a pro-war rally, saying Russia is fighting for its “historical lands” as the country approaches the one-year anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine.
President Vladimir Putin justified his decision to invade Ukraine and promised to achieve his war aims in the country “step by step”.
Putin delivered a remarkably brief address to an audience of tens of thousands at a state-organized concert the day before Defender of the Fatherland Day, a national holiday.
I’ve just been hearing from the highest military command that at this very moment there is an ongoing fight on our historical lands, for our people. It is led by similarly brave fighters to the ones standing beside us here right now,
Putin stated this while accompanied by Russian soldiers.
The president’s speech, which lasted less than five minutes, was preceded by performances by pro-war musicians, Russian military veterans, and a group of Ukrainian children, presumably from Mariupol, which was ravaged during the invasion’s early months.
Earlier on Friday, Putin hit out against the west which he said was using Ukraine as a “battering ram” to undermine Russia.
His speech was about reaffirming his position and justifying the invasion of Ukraine. He also showed gratitude to the soldiers fighting to defend the interest of Russia.
Today, defending our interests, our people, our culture, language, and territory, our entire nation is the defender of our Fatherland,”
“I bow to all of you.”
Putin said during his speech in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.
There was nothing new in Putin’s speech, and most of what he said was similar to what he stated in his state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday.
Following a performance of the national anthem, Putin went on to give handshakes to military personnel on the stage, while the stadium chanted “Russia!”
Thousands of people attended the event, two days before the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.