Putin ties Ukraine invasion to second world war in Victory Day speech

Soldiers ‘fighting for same thing their fathers and grandfathers did’, says president as he seeks to justify war

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Vladimir Putin has told Russian soldiers they are “fighting for the same thing their fathers and grandfathers did” as he used his Victory Day speech to tie the war in Ukraine to the memory of the second world war and justify his invasion.

Prior to the speech, foreign officials had said Putin could use it to launch a full mobilisation of Russian troops or formally declare war in Ukraine, but there were no large policy announcements.

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