Putin on V-Day: Victory will be ours just like in 1945
Russia and the former republics of the USSR are celebrating Victory Day, with the Russian leader congratulating the people of the aforementioned states.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated on the 77th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War the leaders and the people of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Donetsk People's Republic, and Lugansk People's Republic, as well as the peoples of Georgia and Ukraine, the Kremlin announced Sunday.
"In his congratulations, the President of Russia particularly emphasizes that, on this day, we pay our tribute of appreciation and respect to the warriors and home front workers, who crushed Nazism at a price of countless casualties and hardships," the statement says.
He stressed in his congratulations that "it is a common duty today to prevent a restoration of Nazism that brought so much suffering to the people of various states."
He also underscored the necessity of preserving and handing over to the upcoming generations the truth about what took place during the war, in addition to "our common spiritual values and tradition of fraternal friendship."
Addressing the leaders of the foreign states, President Putin delivered words of gratitude to the veterans, wishing them good health, welfare, and longevity, according to the Kremlin.
In his congratulation telegrams for the leader of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, the Kremlin said, Putin noted that the Russian servicemen, alongside their counterparts from the DPR and the LPR, "just like their ancestors, are fighting together to liberate their soil from the Nazi filth," and expressed his certainty that "victory will be ours just like in 1945."
The Russian president further underscored in his address to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, as the fight against the Nazis is called in Russia, that "a revanche of ideological successors of those defeated during the Great Patriotic War is unacceptable."
Putin attributed the victory achieved 77 years ago against the Nazis to the bravery and heroism of front fighters and partisans' resilience and dedication of home front workers. He stressed that the far-right ideology "sought to enslave Europe, and which brought pain and suffering to tens of millions of people."
"The countless casualties, sustained in the name of our common Victory, have become essential for our life and freedom. This memory must not be left in oblivion," he underscored, adding that, unfortunately, Nazism today "again raises its head and seeks to impose its barbaric, inhuman order."
At the conclusion of his telegram, Putin congratulated Ukrainian veterans and citizens of Ukraine on Victory Day, calling it "a common great celebration".
On May 8, 1945, the commanders of Nazi Germany's armed forces signed the instrument of surrender, admitting defeat in World War II.
The day is celebrated in many countries and referred to as Victory Day, but due to a difference in time zones, Russia, and several other former Soviet republics will celebrate it a day later.