Putin on the 80th anniversary of Stalingrad: “Incredible but true: we are once again threatened by German Leopard tanks”

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Vladimir Putin compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to fighting Nazi Germany during World War II in a speech to mark the 80th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Citing Germany’s decision to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, the Russian president claimed that history is repeating itself.

“It’s unbelievable but true,” he said. “We are again threatened by German Leopard tanks”.

Germany is one of many countries sending weapons to Ukraine so that it can defend its territory from Russian invasion.

Speaking in Volgograd, the modern name for Stalingrad, Putin hinted that he might try to go beyond the use of conventional weapons in the conflict.

“Those who hope to defeat Russia on the battlefield do not seem to understand that a modern war with Russia will be very different for them,” said the 70-year-old leader.

“We will not send our tanks to your borders, but we have the means to respond. It will not be limited to the use of armored equipment. Everyone must understand this.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to elaborate on Putin’s comments, but told reporters that “as the West delivers new weapons, Russia will make greater use of its potential to respond“.

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Putin was in Volgograd to commemorate the anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, after which the Soviet army captured nearly 91,000 German soldiers and turned the tide of the war.

More than a million people perished in the battle, the bloodiest of World War II.

“Battle Against Nazism”

Throughout the war in Ukraine, Putin has falsely tried to present the invasion of Russia as a battle against nationalists and the Nazis, who he says lead the Kyiv government.

And he returned to the subject throughout his speech this Thursday.

“Now, unfortunately, we see that the ideology of Nazism, already in its modern form, in its modern manifestation, again creates direct threats to the security of our country“, said.

“Over and over again we have to repel Western aggression.”

He also assured that, although it is “incredible but true” that Russia is once again threatened by German tanks, moscow thas an answer for any country that leither amenace.

Volgograd was temporarily renamed Stalingrad on Thursday to commemorate the end of the battle, and a new bust of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was unveiled earlier this week.

Stalin, who led the Soviet Union from 1924 to 1953, was accused of orchestrating a famine in the Ukraine between 1932 and 1933.

In the famine, known as the Holodomor to Ukrainians, some 5 million people died.

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They are threatened for the second time by German tanks.. It is unbelievable

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed today, Thursday, that Russia is being threatened for the second time by German Leopard tanks, adding: “It’s unbelievable,” referring to the Leopard-2 armored vehicles that Berlin promised to provide Kyiv to counter the Russian attack. which the Kremlin master once again compared to the war against Russia Hitler.

Marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, he said Russia’s response to threats will not be limited to armored vehicles alone, noting “We have what we are responding to when the West sent tanks to Ukraine,” adding, “The neo-Nazis have returned for to threaten Russia’s national security.”

“The West wants to fight in Ukraine with the hands of Hitler’s allies by sending Leopard tanks,” he added at the ceremony in Volgograd, the city in the southwest of the country formerly known as Stalingrad.

The Kremlin leader emphasized that Russia is confident in itself and the justice of its strategy and victory, noting that Moscow has many friends around the world.

Since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Putin has called the authorities in Kyiv “neo-Nazis” who are committing “genocide” against the Russian-speaking population in the eastern part of the country.

Kremlin: Russia will intensify the use of its military power

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statements regarding Russia’s possession of what it can respond to Ukraine’s supply of Western weapons, that Russia will expand the use of its military capabilities against the background of Western weapons. deliveries to Ukraine.

Peskov told reporters: “This means that Russia has capabilities, and it will fully use these capabilities to respond during the special military operation to the emergence of new weapons offered by the collective West.”

It is notable that the Battle of Stalingrad (the city’s name has been changed to Volgograd now), which lasted from July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943, was one of the largest battles of World War II during the German military campaign against the Soviet Union, which changed the course of the war .

Vladimir Putin celebrates the Battle of Stalingrad – Reuters

Battle tanks from 12 countries

The remarks come as Kyiv secured pledges this month from a group of Western countries to supply the country with tanks to help its forces repel the all-out Russian offensive, with Moscow making huge efforts to achieve gradual progress in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday that his country would receive between 120 and 140 tanks in a “first wave” of shipments from a 12-nation alliance.

Putin: The West wants to fight in Ukraine with the hands of Hitler’s allies

“The Tank Alliance now has 12 members,” he said in an online briefing. “I can note that in the first wave of contributions, the Ukrainian Armed Forces will receive between 120 and 140 Western-style tanks.”

Ukraine intends to launch a major counter-offensive to retake large parts of the territory captured by Russia in the south and east of the country.

The US has asked Ukraine to delay those plans until Western military aid arrives.

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Johnson says Putin threatened to send ‘missiles’ to UK before Ukraine invasion

Chris Radburn/AFP Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his visit to the EDF’s Sizewell B nuclear power station in Sizewell, eastern England, on September 1, 2022. Outgoing British Prime Minister Johnson pledged £700 million for the Sizewell Sea nuclear power station project during his final on Thursday. Major policy speech. (Photo by Chris Radburn/Multiple sources/AFP)

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Johnson recalls Putin threatening him to send ‘a missile’ to Britain ahead of the invasion of Ukraine (Photo: Boris Johnson when he was still UK prime minister, September 1, 2022)

International – This is a threat that would make more than one person shudder. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says in BBC documentary that Russian President Vladimir Putin told him “somewhat threatened” Before the invasion of Ukraine by throwing: “A missile will take a minute”,

In this three-part documentary, the first episode of which was broadcast on BBC Two on Monday evening, the former head of the British government talks about his ” very long “ And ” outstanding “ Met the Russian President after his visit to Kyiv in early February.

At the time, Vladimir Putin continued to say that he had no intention of invading his Ukrainian neighbor, despite the massive influx of Russian troops into the border areas.

Boris Johnson, he says, warned the Russian president of the harsh sanctions Westerners would face if he followed this path. “He said, ‘Boris, you say that Ukraine is not going to join NATO soon. (…) What do you mean by ‘never soon’?” ,Boris Johnson says. “Well, she is not going to join NATO in the near future, you know that very well”The former British leader continues his early support of the Ukrainians.

“Boris, I don’t mean to hurt you, but with a missile it will take a minute”

“At one point he threatened me and said, ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you, but with the missile it will take a minute’ or something.”Boris Johnson continues.

“I think the detachment he had, from the very quiet tone he took, was playing with my attempts to hold a conversation”Adds the former British leader, who left Downing Street in early September following a succession of scandals.

“What Mr. Johnson said is a lie. It is either a deliberate lie, but then for what purpose? Either it’s an unintentional lie, because he didn’t understand what President Putin was telling him.This Monday, January 30, Moscow, reacted through the voice of the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who assured that there was no “No Missile Threat”,

In the documentary, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described how he was angered by the attitude of Westerners at the time: “If you know that tomorrow Russia is going to invade Ukraine, why don’t you give me something today to stop it? If you can’t then stop yourself. »

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