Monday May 09, 2022

VIDEO: Putin claims he invaded Ukraine because West was ‘preparing to take Russia’

VIDEO: Putin claims he invaded Ukraine because West was ‘preparing to take Russia’

Vladimir Putin attends a flower-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow. AFP

Russian troops are “defending the motherland” by fighting in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has claimed at a military parade in Moscow.

Speaking on Victory Day, the holiday when the Kremlin marks the Soviet Union’s role in defeating the Nazis in 1945, the country’s president claimed he had ordered the invasion because of the existential threat posed to Russia by the West. He gave no evidence to support the statement.