Putin defends Ukraine invasion at 'low key' Victory Day parade. Zelensky pledges 'we will win.'

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not, as some analysts had expected, use his Victory Day speech in Moscow on Monday to declare a new phase in his invasion of Ukraine. Instead, speaking before 11,000 service members to mark the victory over Nazi Germany, Putin justified the invasion as "necessary, timely, and the only right solution," and a "preemptive rebuff to aggression" from NATO.

The West, Putin claimed without evidence, was preparing for the "invasion of our land, including Crimea," the peninsula Russia invaded and annexed from Ukraine in 2014. "You are fighting for the motherland, for its future, so that lessons of World War II are not forgotten," he told told the assembled Russian troops and the pro-Moscow Ukrainians fighting in eastern Ukraine. "There is no place in history for the punitive divisions of Nazis"

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