Putin’s use of Parade Day to declare victory is another ploy to deceive the Russian people
Russia declares victory on its annual parade day. The day marks the end of commemoration of the end of World War 2 and the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Soviets Red Army.
Russian President Vladimir Putin used the day to justify to the Russian people why he had to invade/conduct special military activities. Although he refuses to call its illegal invasion into Ukraine a war, he celebrates the event as a victor would.
“Today, you are fighting for our people in Donbas, for the security of Russia, our homeland.” Said Vladimir Putin
Putin declaring victory is early reminiscent of US President George Bush flying the mission accomplished banner on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, signalling the end of the combat mission in the Persian Gulf.
Anyone old enough to remember that speech can confer that the war in the Persian Gulf surpassed 20 years of fighting. If anything, Russia’s war with Ukraine has taught us that history repeats itself, and Putin is facing the same type of resistance backed by western aid, just as when they first invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
About 15,000 Soviet soldiers got killed in the ten-year war, and about 35,000 were wounded. In comparison, NATO estimated within a month of Russia’s invasion, about 40,000 Russian troops lost their lives. This invasion has marked the deadliest fighting on record for the Kremlin in any war.
While Putin is declaring victory and has his eyes set on annexing the Dubas region, Ukrainian President Zelensky is determined never to relinquish control nor surrender to the Kremlin.