Russians fear Putin will use Victory Day to declare ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine.
The Associated Press submitted the report yesterday in Russia, celebrating Victory Day, which commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.
AP Report: “Soviet red flags and orange and black striped military ribbons are displayed in Russian cities and villages. Holiday concerts are being held in nearby areas. Groups of veterans are laying flowers at the Monument to the Second Great Patriotic War. World War II is known in this country.
“At first glance, preparations for Monday’s Victory Day, commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 seem the same as usual, but this year the mood is very different, because the Russian army is fighting and dying.
“And now in its 11th week, the battle is taking place in neighboring Ukraine against what the government has erroneously called a “anti-Nazi” campaign.”
“The pride and patriotism associated with Russia’s most important holiday, characterized by a massive parade of soldiers and military equipment through Red Square, is mixed with anxiety and uneasiness over what this year’s Victory Day can bring.
“Some Russians are afraid that President Vladimir Putin will use it to declare that what the Kremlin had previously called a “special military operation” in Ukraine would now be a full-fledged war.”