“Today, our soldiers, like their ancestors, are fighting side by side to rid their country of the filth of Nazism, confident that victory will be ours, just as it was in 1945,” Putin said. former Soviet bloc countries and the two breakaway countries. regions of eastern Ukraine.
He added that “the common duty today is to prevent the return of Nazism, which has caused great suffering among the peoples of different countries”, and he wished that “new generations worthy of the memory of their fathers and grandfathers to be”.
In his congratulations, Putin not only referred to the soldiers, but also spoke of the civilians on the ‘home front’ who ‘crushed Nazism with countless sacrifices’.
“Unfortunately, Nazism is rearing its head again today,” the Russian president said in a paragraph dedicated to Ukrainians.
He added: “It is our sacred duty to prevent the ideological heirs of those who have been defeated” in what Moscow calls the “Great Patriotic War” from “turning back for revenge”.
The president wished “all residents of Ukraine a peaceful and just future”.
On Monday, Moscow will celebrate the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany with a military parade, while justifying its February 24 invasion by a desire to “disarm” and “de-Nazify” Ukraine.