Putin on invasion: only right decision, NATO threatened Russia

Kremlin: air show canceled due to clouds

The air show over the Red Square in Moscow has been canceled. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the weather was not good enough, the Russian news agency TASS reported. At the time of writing, it is mostly cloudy in Moscow and around nine degrees.

The air show was to be part of the military parade on Russia’s victory day. 77 planes and helicopters would participate, flying in a Z formation. The letter Z has become the Russian symbol of war support for Ukraine. The parade is now over.

After Putin’s speech, the parade continues in Red Square

After Russian President Vladimir Putin finishes his speech, the military parade in Moscow continues. Units from, among others, the Russian land forces, the air force and the navy – accompanied by trumpet blasts – march in a rhythmic procession across the Red Square.

According to a Russian commentator, 11,000 soldiers are participating in the parade in honor of Russia’s Victory Day. Just before Putin’s speech, they were greeted by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu. There are also tanks and vehicles that can fire intercontinental missiles across Red Square.

About 11,000 soldiers are participating in the military parade, according to a Russian commentator. Photo Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

Putin on invasion: only right decision, NATO threatened Russia

Russia invaded Ukraine because NATO posed a threat to the country. This was stated by President Vladimir Putin in his speech during Russia’s Victory Day on Monday. At Moscow’s Red Square, he said: “NATO has allied countries around us. It posed a threat to our country.” The clash with what Putin once again called “neo-Nazis” was, he said, “inevitable.”

Putin calls the invasion of Ukraine the “only right decision” for Russia as a “strong and sovereign” country. “There are fighting in Ukraine. All sorts of great story heroes have also fought there. To our soldiers, I say today: You are fighting for the fatherland not to forget the experiences of World War II. ”

“We bow our heads in respect for those who fought there, their relatives and friends. We bow our heads for the memory of Odessa, destroyed in World War II, and for those who died under Nazism.” Putin then asked those present to remain silent for a minute.

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A big screen shows Vladimir Putin speaking at the Red Square in Moscow. Photo Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

Zelensky: We want to win the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Kiev will win the war with Russia without losing territory. He made the remarks on the day that Victory over Nazi Germany in World War II is celebrated in both Ukraine and Russia, the news agency Reuters reported. “There are no shackles to bind our free mood,” the president said.

“On the victory over Nazi Day, we are fighting for another victory,” Zelensky said. “The road to this will be tough, but we have no doubt we will win.” The president made the remarks shortly before the start of the annual military parade in the Russian capital Moscow.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. Photo Presidential Office Ukraine / EPA

Military parade started in Moscow

The annual military parade started Monday morning from Red Square in the Russian capital Moscow. On May 9, Russia celebrates Victory Day, which celebrates how the Soviet Union and the other allies defeated Nazi Germany in 1945. President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver a speech in which he will refer to the war in Ukraine.

In recent weeks, there has been intense speculation about possible announcements that Putin could make on May 9. On Monday, soldiers will march through the streets, followed by tank columns and vehicles with intercontinental missiles. Medals Russian veterans are also present at the event.

Security guards are on duty at The Red Square in the early hours of May 9, ahead of the military parade. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Summary: Guterres shocked by Russian school airstrikes and Britain announces new sanctions

These are the main developments from Sunday evening and the night from Sunday to Monday:

  • Secretary-General Antonio Guterres The UN has reacted with shock to the deadly Russian air strike on a school in the village of Bilohorivka in Ukraine’s Luhansk province. He points out in a written statement that civil and civilian infrastructure must always be spared from violence, even in wartime. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on Sunday night that 60 people had been killed in Saturday’s bomb attack after being buried under rubble.
  • That The United Kingdom has announced a new package of economic sanctions against Russia and Belarus, the news agency Reuters reported. For example, import duties on platinum, palladium and a number of other products are being raised. Russia is a major producer of platinum and palladium. London will also ban exports to Russia of goods such as chemicals, plastics, rubber and machinery.
  • U2 singer Bono has Sunday a surprising achievement given in a metro station in Kiev. Along with U2 guitarist The Edge, the Irish artist performed for, among others, Ukrainian soldiers. On Twitter, the band wrote that they came to Kiev at the invitation of the government. “The people of Ukraine are not only fighting for their own freedom, you are also fighting for everyone who loves freedom,” Bono was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

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