(Ansa) – the president of Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putinwho spoke on Friday (18) in a crowded stadium in Moscow and invoked the Bible to justify the invasion of Ukraine.
The event was held on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea and saw patriotic chants and people display the letter “Z” which has become stamped on the equipment of the Russian Armed Forces and has become a symbol of war supporters. .
In a victory speech, Putin said he had saved Crimea from “degradation and abandonment” and that the peninsula’s residents had “put an obstacle to the nationalism and Nazism that still exists in Donbass,” a Russian-majority region in eastern Ukraine. which Moscow is trying to overcome. They were victims of air strikes [na Crimeia]We call it genocide. “Avoiding this is the goal of our military operation,” the president added, referring to the invasion of Ukraine. According to the president, Russian soldiers are fighting “side by side and, if necessary, will protect each other as brothers on the battlefield.”
“There is no greater love than giving life to his true friends,” Putin said, paraphrasing a verse from the Gospel of John in the Bible.
The regime has the support of the Russian Orthodox Church, which refused to condemn the invasion and blamed the West for the war.
The president was applauded after his speech, while television showed a happy, clown crowd in the stands trying to convey the image of a nation proud of its conquest.
Russia demands the demilitarization of Ukraine, a commitment the country does not enter into North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and recognition of the annexation of Crimea and the sovereignty of Donbass. (Ansa)
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