Moscow. In Russia, city streets are lined with red Soviet flags and orange-black striped military ribbons for Victory Day. Groups of ex-servicemen are paying floral tributes at the monuments associated with the ‘Great Patriotic War’. World War II in Russia is known as the ‘Great Patriotic War’. Preparations for Victory Day, the Monday celebrations to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, appear at first glance to be the same as in previous years, but this year the atmosphere is very different, as Russian soldiers are once again fighting a war. and are sacrificing their lives.
The ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine has entered the 11th week. The Russian government has called it a war against the ‘Nazis’. This pride and patriotism associated with Russia’s most important holiday is usually celebrated with a large parade of soldiers and military equipment passing through Red Square. Some Russians fear President Vladimir Putin will use the opportunity to declare war on Ukraine, which he has previously called a “special military operation” in Ukraine. Ukraine’s intelligence chief Kyrillo Budanov said Moscow was secretly preparing such a plan.
Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told LBC radio that Putin is “preparing the ground where he can say, ‘Look, this is a war on the Nazis and I need more people in this’.” However, the Kremlin has denied any such plans, calling these reports “false and absurd”.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 08, 2022, 14:46 IST