Amidst the ongoing fierce battle between Russia and Ukraine, on Monday, Russia celebrated its 77th anniversary of Victory Day. On this day in 1945, the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany. Even Hitler failed to cope with them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that, “as in 1945”, victory would be theirs. He was referencing the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in World War II. The statement was also an insight into the mind of Putin, who has portrayed the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany as an intensely personal and even civilization-defining experience.
However, Russian atrocities continue in Ukraine. As per the report, Putin’s statements come amid reports that a Russian bomb was dropped on a school being used as a shelter, with more than 60 civilians feared dead. Rape and mass genocides have been taking place without any criticism.
“Today, our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting side by side to liberate their native land from the Nazi filth with the confidence that, as in 1945, victory will be ours.” “Today, it is our common duty to prevent the rebirth of Nazism, which caused so much suffering to the peoples of different countries, “Putin said.“Sadly, today, Nazism is rearing its head once more.” “Our sacred duty is to hold back the ideological successors of those who were defeated,” he said.
Putin, shares his WWII experience
Putin had spoken about the siege of Leningrad, where his two-year-old brother Vitya died. “It was the place where my mother miraculously managed to survive.” My father, despite being exempt from active duty, volunteered to defend his hometown. He made the same decision as millions of Soviet citizens. He fought at the Nevsky Pyatachok bridgehead and was severely wounded.
“Almost 27 million Soviet citizens lost their lives on the fronts, in German prisons, starved to death, were bombed, died in ghettos and furnaces of the Nazi death camps.” The USSR lost one in seven of its citizens, the UK lost one in 127, and the USA lost one in 320. “Unfortunately, this figure of the Soviet Union’s hardest and most grievous losses is not exhaustive,” he wrote.
He stated that he was confident that one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Russian people was their ability to fulfil their duties without feeling sorry for themselves when the circumstances demanded, and values such as selflessness, patriotism, and love for their home, family, and motherland remain fundamental and integral to this day.
He laid out how the Soviets’ defeating the Nazis was a feat of incredible courage, effort, and dedication. He said the USSR was facing the strongest, most mobilised, and most skilled army in the world, with the industrial, economic, and military potential of almost all of Europe.