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Putin hosts pro-war rally ahead of first anniversary of invasion of Ukraine

Around 200,000 people gathered in Moscow to listen to Vladimir Putin at a prowar rally, ahead of the anniversary of Russia’s invasion and occupation of Ukraine.

As the Russian president addressed the crowd at the concert “Glory to Defenders of the Fatherland”, held at the Luzhniki Stadium, Wednesday, huge crowds gathered in the capital.

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In support of those who serve in the armed forces, Mr Putin asked them to shout “Russia, Russia!”


They fight bravely, courageously and heroically. They are our proud,” Putin said to his audience. He waved red, white, and blue flags.

He said, “Today they are supported by all the country.”

Putin stated that he was just updated by military chiefs about the situation in Ukraine and told the crowds: “When you are together, there is no equal.”

“To the unity and support of the Russian people.”

Image: Putin waves to the crowds during the ‘Glory to the Defenders of the Fatherland’ concert. Pic by AP
Image: Putin is seen giving his address on an electronic billboard that covers the front of a hotel. Pic by AP
Image Participants at the concert pose with a flag that depicts Vladimir Putin. Pic: AP

His address was delivered just before a holiday in Russia on Thursday in honor of those who served in the armed forces.

In an earlier speech, Putin accused the West of starting the war in Ukraine. He suspended his participation in a crucial nuclear treaty .

Image: Putin arrives at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Image People wave the Russian flag at the Luzhniki Stadium. Pic: AP

Putin claimed that the West had “released the magic genie from the bottle” by starting other conflicts in the decade preceding the war.

He also promised Moscow that it would “continue solving the objectives” in what the Kremlin calls a “special military operations”.

However, US President Joe Biden warned that his Russian counterpart had made “big mistakes” when he announced that he would not participate in the New START nuclear agreement.

He stated that he would defend NATO’s “every inch” at the Bucharest Nine summit.

Image Security officers provide security at Luzhniki Stadium

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Biden, ‘the Cold War soldier’

Mr. Biden stated that “it isn’t just Ukraine but freedom that is at stake.”

“Things have changed dramatically, and we must make sure they change back.”

According to the UN human right office, Russia’s invasion left millions of people displaced. More than 8,000 civilians were killed during the conflict.

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Many more people are believed to have been killed.

Recent bombings have destroyed 95 educational institutions and damaged over 1,000. Schools were told to instruct students in remote areas of Ukraine starting Wednesday as fear grows of further shelling before the first Anniversary of the war.


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