Today is Victory Day, a major Russian holiday marking the end of World War II. It’s also usually an occasion for Russia’s military to parade its fearsome arsenal of weapons. But that’s a little curtailed this year because so many of them are either attacking Ukraine or blown to pieces. That didn’t stop Vladimir Putin from giving a speech that sounded as if it were faxed in from Bizarro World.
The man now widely reviled for attacking a neighboring nation unprovoked, slaughtering civilians, destroying entire cities and threatening nuclear retaliation to anyone who tries to stop him claimed that it's the US and other Western nations that support threats of nuclear war against Russia. He said they had "tried to attack our historical territories like the Crimea.” (Putin invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.) He said, "The enemies of our country have tried to use international terrorism against us." But "Russia has always stood up for an international system of equality. We have always tried to find compromise solutions.”
Is your head swimming yet? As an example of Putin’s belief in compromise, equality and opposing terrorism, while he was emitting that hot gas, rescuers in Bilohorivka, Ukraine, were searching for any survivors in the rubble of a school building that was sheltering civilians and that was flattened by Russian bombs on Saturday.
To wash Putin’s jaw-dropping lies out of your brain, here’s a story about how the G7 leaders marked May 8th, VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), the 77th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender in 1945.
And as a reminder of what VE Day really meant and the heroes who saved the world from the Nazis, here is a gallery of great photos of the celebrations of the very first VE Day.
And for those who don’t know about the war, the heroes, the sacrifice and the victory of the Allies, here’s some background to get you started: