May 9, the day Putin would address the people from Moscow’s Red Square, was looked upon with fear. Some assumed he would declare war on the West; others speculated that he would announce annexations.
But during his – relatively brief – memorial speech, this was not the case. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t harsh words.
They looked like ants, the hundreds of soldiers waiting in Red Square to take part in the parade on Red Square in Moscow. It is more than clear that Putin wanted to make it a significant event. The president himself emerged five minutes before the start of the parade. He immediately climbed into the stands to shake hands with everyone in the front row, accompanied by a lot of applause.
“West was going to attack.”
At the stroke of 10 am local time, the first eight soldiers began to march on the square—one with a Russian flag in his arms, another with the red flag of the Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin started his speech just after 10:15 am local time. In his speech, he spoke of the horror of the Second World War and that it “should never be repeated”.
But at the same time, he explained that the “special military operation” in Ukraine was the “only right action”. According to the Russian president, the West did not want to listen to Russia, and NATO posed a threat on the Russian border. “The West was preparing to invade our country, including Crimea,” it said. Putin accuses the United States “and its followers” of causing a threat. “The danger is growing every day,” Putin said from Red Square.
After his anti-Western rhetoric, Putin spoke about the celebrations of the Allies of WWII, including the English, the French and the Americans who fought on the side of the Soviet Union during World War II.
Afterwards, he addressed Russia’s armed forces and the militias of the Donbas. “They are fighting on their land to defend Russia,” Putin said. A minute’s silence was then held to commemorate the losses to Russian forces. He wished the wounded soldiers a speedy recovery and said he had signed an executive order “to provide crucial support to the children of fallen comrades”.
Shortly after Putin’s speech, the Kremlin announced that the Air Force portion of Victory Day was cancelled due to bad weather. Normally, 77 planes would fly over Red Square to commemorate the victory of 77 years ago.