Putin ‘could declare war on the world’s Nazis’ on Victory Day: UK predicts Russia will use parade on 9 May to announce mass mobilisation of reserves for final push in Ukraine to defeat West’s support for Kyiv
- Each year, Russia marks the end of the Second World War with a parade on May 9
- Analysts have predicted he would use this occasion to declare victory in Ukraine
- But his forces have mess less progress than expected since the invasion began
- Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has predicted that Putin may instead use the parade to declare war on the world’s ‘Nazis’ and mobilise his reserves
The UK has predicted that Vladimir Putin will use Russia’s victory day parade on May 9 to announced the mass mobilisation of his reserves for a final push in Ukraine.
Speaking on Friday, Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the Russian president might declare a new war against the world’s ‘Nazis’ at the parade which sees Moscow mark the end of Russia’s involvement in the Second World War.
Putin launched his illegal invasion of Ukraine on February 24, calling it a ‘special military operation’ to ‘de-nazify’ Russia’s neighbour – despite its president Volodymyr Zelensky being Jewish, and the far-right enjoying little support in the country.
With Putin’s military having failed in their first wave of military objectives, Moscow has re-focused its efforts on seizing both the east and southern coast of Ukraine.
However, as in the first months of the invasion, Russian forces are being met with heavy Ukrainian resistance from Kyiv’s determined armies.
Some analysts had predicted that Putin wanted to be in a position where he could declare some form of victory on May 9. But with Russia’s victory day parade now less than two weeks away, that is looking less likely.
Instead, Mr Wallace told LBC Radio that Putin could use the occasion to declare a new war on who he would call the world’s Nazis to galvanise his populace in another push against the Ukrainian defenders.
The UK has predicted that Vladimir Putin will use Russia’s victory day parade on May 9 to announced the mass mobilisation of his reserves for a final push in Ukraine. Pictured: Russian military vehicles take part in a rehearsal of Victory Day military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end to World War 2, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia on April 28, 2022
Speaking on Friday, Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the Russian president might use the parade on May 9 declare a new war against the world’s ‘Nazis’ at the parade which sees Moscow mark the end of Russia’s involvement in the Second World War
‘I would not be surprised… that he is probably going to declare on May Day that “we are now at war with the world’s Nazis and we need to mass mobilise the Russian people”,’ Mr Wallace said on Friday morning.
“Putin, having failed in nearly all objectives, may seek to consolidate what he’s got… and just be a sort of cancerous growth within the country,’ he continued.
‘We have to help Ukrainians effectively get the limpet off the rock and keep the momentum pushing them back.’
Mr Wallace said that while he had no intelligence saying that Putin was planning such an announcement, it was likely given his previous comments.
‘We have seen a number of statements from Putin about this becoming a war, “this is a proxy war” – which it isn’t – and “Nazis are everywhere”, basically, “they are not just in Ukraine, NATO is full of Nazis’.
‘I think he will try to move from his “special operation”,’ Mr Wallace told LBC. ‘He’s been rolling the pitch, laying the ground for being able to say “look, this is now a war against Nazis, and what I need is more people. I need more Russian cannon fodder”.’
Mr Wallace said that Putin’s commanders have led many soldiers to their deaths in the war. Kyiv estimates that number to be as high as 23,000.
The Defence Secretary criticised the Kremlin’s ‘pathetic attempts’ to cover up its losses, and added that for Russia to order a mass-mobilisation of its reserves would be an ‘admission of failure’.
Earlier this week, Putin vowed to use nuclear weapons against any country that dares to ‘interfere’ with Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Russian serviceman carries a flag before a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia April 28, 2022
Russian military vehicles move along Tverskaya street during the rehearsal of Victory Day military parade on April 28 in Moscow
Pictured: A line of Russian tanks are shown driving through Moscow in a military parade rehearsal on April 28
Propagandist urges Putin to wipe out Great Britain with a nuclear missile
Russian state media has urged Vladimir Putin to wipe out the UK with nukes over its ‘boorish’ support for Ukraine.
Vladimir Solovyov, often referred to as Putin’s propagandist, made the threat today as he spoke to the head of Russia’s space agency about the country’s new Sarmat 2 missile which is due to go into service later this year.
‘As it turned out, one Sarmat means minus one Great Britain,’ Solovyov boasted, saying the UK has become ‘totally boorish’ – evidently a reference to its vocal support for Ukraine since Putin gave the order to invade.
He was speaking just two days after Putin claimed to have uncovered a plot to assassinate Solovyov involving a ‘neo-Nazi gang’ taking orders from Kyiv. Ukraine has denied the existence of any such plot.
The missile – dubbed ‘Satan 2’ in the West – is one of the world’s largest and longest-ranged nuclear missiles, capable of carrying up to 15 warheads and decoys which Russia claims makes it unstoppable against all current defences.
Putin oversaw the first successful test launch of the missile last week, saying it marks a ‘significant event in the development of advanced weapons of the Russian army.’
He boasted that the missile is ‘unique in the world’ and that nothing like it will exist ‘for a long while’.
‘The new complex has the highest performance characteristics, and can break through all modern anti-missile defences,’ he said.
‘It will reliably secure Russia from external threats, and will force those trying to threaten our country in the heat of frenzied aggressive rhetoric.’
The despot, addressing legislators in St Petersburg on Wednesday, said his response to anyone who ‘threatens’ Russia will be ‘lightning-fast’ and deadly.
‘If someone intends to interfere in what is going on from the outside they must know that constitutes an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia. They must know that our response to counter strikes will be lightning fast. Fast,’ he said.
But Mr Wallace said that the UK doesn’t feel ‘rattled’ by Putin’s threats, and instead hailed the NATO alliance of 30 nations ‘who outgun him’.
‘I don’t fear him, and I think we should be very grateful in this country that we have a nuclear deterrent,’ he said in the interview with LBC.
While several countries, including the UK, mark VE Day – the anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War – on May 8, Russia marks the data on May 9 due to the time difference.
The end of all combat actions came at 23:01 Central European Time on Tuesday May 8, 1945 – which was already May 9 in Soviet Bloc countries, including in Russia.
Mr Wallace’s comments came after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the war in Ukraine could drag on for another five to ten years. Many Ukrainians see the war as having already lasted eight, after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region, where fighting has raged since.
In a keynote speech yesterday, Truss said the objective should be to drive Russia out of ‘the whole of Ukraine’.
Mr Wallace told Sky News yesterday it had always been the position of the international community that Russia should withdraw from Ukrainian territory since President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
However, he said there was ‘a long way to go’ before the Ukrainians were able to reclaim the land it lost in 2014.
He said the Russians appeared to be preparing to dig in to the territory they seized in the east of the country in their latest invasion.
‘We’ve constantly said that Russia should leave Ukraine sovereign territory so that hasn’t changed,’ he said.
‘I think it’s certainly the case that Putin, having failed in nearly all objectives, may seek to consolidate what he’s got, sort of fortify and dig in, as he did in 2014, and just be a sort of cancerous growth within the country of Ukraine and make it very hard for people to move them out of those fortified positions,’ he said.
‘So I think it’s really about if we want this to not happen, we have to help Ukrainians effectively get the limpet off the rock and keep the momentum pushing them back.’
With Putin’s military having failed in their first wave of military objectives, Moscow has re-focused its efforts on seizing both the east and southern coast of Ukraine. Pictured: APRIL 28: Russian military vehicles move through Moscow on April 28
In her speech at the Mansion House, Ms Truss said the crisis in Ukraine should be a ‘catalyst’ for an overhaul to the West’s approach to international security.
She said the UK needed to strengthen its military while building alliances with free nations around the world, using their economic power to deter aggressors who ‘do not play by the rules’.
The G7 group of leading industrialised nations should act as an ‘economic Nato’ defending collective prosperity, while the Western military alliance must be prepared to open its doors to countries such as Finland and Sweden.
Ms Truss singled out China, which has refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine, while increasing imports from Russia and commenting on ‘who should or shouldn’t be a Nato member’.
‘China is not impervious. They will not continue to rise if they do not play by the rules,’ she said.
‘China needs trade with the G7. We have shown with Russia the kind of choices that we’re prepared to make when international rules are violated.’
With Putin’s military having failed in their first wave of military objectives, Moscow has re-focused its efforts on seizing both the east and southern coast of Ukraine
Mr Wallace’s comments came as the UK government said on Friday that it was deploying about 8,000 troops for exercises across eastern Europe in a show of strength after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The months-long drills in countries stretching from Finland to North Macedonia also involve allies including France and the United States, defence officials said in a statement.
Britain is deploying 72 Challenger 2 tanks and 120 armoured fighting vehicles along with artillery guns, helicopters and drones for the exercises, some of which are already underway.
‘The security of Europe has never been more important,’ Mr Wallace said, calling it ‘one of the largest shared deployments since the Cold War’.
The officer in command, Lieutenant General Ralph Wooddisse, said Britain was making ‘a significant contribution to the defence of Europe and the deterrence of Russian aggression’.
‘The British Army’s series of exercises is fundamental to both.’
Britain has been supplying missiles to Ukraine to fight back against Russia, and says it is ready to help with tanks and planes via partners such as Poland.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Wednesday that ‘the whole of Ukraine’ must be liberated, including Crimea, after the peninsula was seized by Russia in 2014.
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