Vladimir Putin wants battlefield win in eastern Ukraine by May 9 so he can celebrate at Moscow’s Victory Day parade, US officials say
- Vladimir Putin hopes to have a battlefield win in eastern Ukraine within a month
- It is so he can celebrate on Russia’s Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9
- The annual parade in Red Square is held to mark the Nazis’ surrender in WWII
Vladimir Putin hopes to have a battlefield win in eastern Ukraine within the next month so he can celebrate it on Russia’s annual Victory Day parade in Moscow.
US officials said the alleged war criminal wants to coincide a victory with the parade in Red Square on May 9, which is held to mark the Nazis’ surrender in WWII.
They said it could explain why the Russian despot’s forces have pulled back from the Kyiv region to concentrate on the east of Ukraine after weeks of fighting, The Times reported.
Vladimir Putin hopes to have a battlefield win in eastern Ukraine within the next month so he can celebrate it on Russia’s annual Victory Day parade in Moscow. Pictured: Victory Day parade in Moscow, 2021
US officials said the alleged war criminal wants to coincide a victory with the parade in Red Square on May 9 that is held to mark the Nazis’ surrender in WWII. Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin greets veterans before a military parade on Victory Day in 2021
Russian service members march during a military parade on Victory Day, which marks the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia May 9, 2021
TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Blazing Sun) multiple thermobaric rocket launchers during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia
It is unknown whether Russia will be able to hold a fullscale victory parade as so many of its troops and much of its equipment are being used in the war against Ukraine
The Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launcher moves to Red Square during the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War on June 24, 2020 in Moscow, Russia
It is likely Putin thinks a battlefield win in the Donbas region in the east of Ukraine is more realistic because more of the existing Ukrainian population there is pro-Russian.
Officials also think the relocation of Russian troops could be in anticipation of warmer weather that will make it harder to move tanks and armoured vehicles through the Ukrainian countryside.
They believe if Russia focuses on the east of Ukraine, Putin’s forces could remain there for a number of months.
Ukrainian officials also think the Victory Day parade will be central to Putin’s Plan B for the invasion, after the Russian tyrant’s original strategy failed.
Brave Ukrainains have led a strong resistance against Russian invaders, who were hoping to take the capital of Kyiv and the rest of the country.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a former Ukrainian prime minister, told CNN: ‘[Putin’s] ultimate goal is, was and will be to take over Ukraine but he failed.
Ukrainian Soldiers inspect destroyed Russian military machinery in Bucha after recapturing the town from Russian forces
A Ukrainian soldier waves the country’s flag at a checkpoint in Bucha, not far from the capital city of Kyiv, on Saturday, April 2
Ukrainian soldiers inspect destroyed Russian military machinery in the areas recaptured by the Ukrainian army on Sunday
A man walks with bags of food gave for the Ukranian army in Bucha. Former heavyweight champion boxer Wladimir Klitschko visited Bucha to accuse Putin of ‘genocide’ after mass graves filled with civilian corpses were found after Russian troops left the Kyiv suburb
A Ukrainian soldier passes by destroyed Russian tanks in the village of Dmytrivka close to Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Apr. 2, 2022. As Russian forces pull back from Ukraine’s capital region, retreating troops are creating a ‘catastrophic’ situation for civilians by leaving mines around homes, abandoned equipment and ‘even the bodies of those killed,’ Zelensky warned Saturday
One shows a solitary woman walking past burnt-out Russian tanks amid the flattened buildings of Bucha, near Kyiv, the suburban town now almost unrecognisable from a few short weeks ago
A third image (pictured above) portrays female soldiers returned to Ukraine in a prisoner swap. Their heads have been shaved by Russian military troops in humiliation by captors trying to strip them of dignity
‘He failed due to a very strong resolve of Ukrainian military and very strong unity of Ukraine and the western world, and the sanctions that have been imposed by the United States, G7 and the European Union.
‘So now, as far as I see, Putin switched to plan B. My take is that plan B has a deadline. The deadline is May 9.’
It came as Moscow was accused of genocide last night after retreating Russian forces left behind horrific evidence of rapes, civilian executions and mass graves.
The barbarity of Vladimir Putin’s soldiers was compared to the atrocities of the Nazis and Stalin’s Great Terror as the horrors of WWII returned to Europe.
Ukrainian prosecutors said they had found 410 bodies in towns near the capital Kyiv. They said some witnesses were too traumatised to speak.
Two mass graves were discovered in Bucha, one of more than 30 towns and suburbs liberated in recent days.
Bodies of civilians, their hands bound and bullet wounds in the back of their heads, littered the streets of the small commuter town north of Kyiv.
Survivors emerging from basements after weeks underground told of summary executions, sexual violence and terror not seen since Joseph Stalin’s Soviet rule of terror in the 1930s.
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