• Putin ended his highly-anticipated 'Victory Day' speech without declaring war on Ukraine as Western officials warned

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russian President Vladimir Putin seen on Victory Day in central Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via REUTERS
    Western officials thought Putin would escalate his war on Ukraine on Monday, Russia's Victory Day.
    But Putin in his speech didn't even mention Ukraine by name or hint at new plans for the invasion.
    Russia is focused on controlling the Donbas region of Ukraine, but has sustained heavy losses.
    President Vladimir Putin's "Victory Day" speech passed without a single direct mention of Ukraine or a declaration of all-out war as Western officials had expected. On...
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  • Hackers replaced Russian TV schedules during Putin's 'Victory Day' parade with anti-war messages, saying the blood of Ukrainians is on Russians' hands

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    President Vladimir Putin on May 9, 2022, during Victory Day celebrations in Red Square, Moscow. Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Photo
    Russian smart TV schedules were hacked on Monday with anti-war messages, the BBC reported.
    The message highlighted Russian aggression on Ukraine, which countered ongoing Kremlin propaganda.
    The hack came on the day Putin spoke at the country's Victory Day military celebrations.
    Russian television schedules were hacked to display an anti-war message as the country celebrated a national military festival on Monday, BBC Monitoring reported...
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  • Russia planned to fly planes in a Z formation as part of a military parade for Victory Day, then called it off citing bad weather despite clear forecasts

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 9, in a parade in Moscow's Red Square. Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images
    Putin's spokesman said the Victory Day aerial display was called off due to bad weather.
    However, weather forecasts over Moscow during the parade forecast sunny skies and wind at 5 mph.
    The "Z" formation was seen in television reports showing preparation for the May 9 parade.
    Russia was expected to use its Victory Day celebrations to flex its aerial might, but a planned aerial demonstration over Moscow was called...
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  • As Putin drummed up anti-Nazi rhetoric on Victory Day, Ukraine said Russia bombed out a Jewish cemetery

    15 days ago - By Business Insider

    Russian President Vladimir Putin again raised the war against Nazism as a baseless justification for the invasion of Ukraine. MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin spoke of the war against Nazism in his speech on Victory Day.
    Hours before, Ukraine said Russia shelled a cemetery filled with Jewish victims of a 1918 pogrom.
    Russia has repeatedly tried to portray Ukraine as a neo-Nazi state to justify its invasion.
    Speaking on Victory Day , Russian President Vladimir Putin once again depicted the war in Ukraine as part of Russia's fight against Nazism. The...
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