MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrated the anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe with a speech warning that Nazi beliefs remain strong.
Speaking at the annual military parade in Moscow’s Red Square, Putin on Sunday denounced “attempts to rewrite history, to justify traitors and criminals, on whose hands the blood of hundreds of thousands of peaceful people rests. “.
âUnfortunately, a lot of the ideologies of the Nazis, those who were obsessed with the delusional theory of their exclusivity, are trying to be put into use again,â he said, without citing details.
The parade, which varies little from year to year, featured more than 190 military vehicles crossing the square, ranging from the famous WWII T-34 tank to the massive eight-axle Yars ICBM mobile launchers.
The anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat, which Russia calls Victory Day, is the country’s most important secular holiday. commemorating the military exploits of the Red Army and the immense suffering of civilians. It is estimated that around 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians died during the war.
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