Russian flags, anti-Nazi slogans, patriotic songs and … a break that makes Vladimir Putin disappear from the screen. Russia on Friday celebrated the eighth anniversary of the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea, launching a full-scale offensive against pro-Western neighbors.
Banners proclaimed at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow proclaiming “for a world without Nazism”, “for Russia” as Russia justifies its military action in Ukraine, which has been accused of involvement in the Russian genocide. People who speak.
The “Z” also adorned the chests of the speakers performing in front of the crowd, and the letter became a patriotic symbol because it was engraved on several Russian tanks parked in the war zones.
The highlight of the event, which was attended by 95,000 spectators at the stadium and 100,000 spectators by police count, was the speech of the Russian president in a navy blue buffer jacket and cream turtleneck sweater.
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While Vladimir Putin was praising the heroism of the Russian soldiers involved in Ukraine, the public television station Rosia-24 abruptly stopped its intervention and showed other moments of the same event.
Fifteen minutes later, television began broadcasting the intervention of the Kremlin master, which was delayed.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies that the broadcast was interrupted “due to a technical glitch in the server”.
Celebrating the return of Crimea to Russia in 2014, the President celebrated the annexation of Kiev after the pro-Western revolution, and today praised the forces involved in Ukraine, especially quoting the Bible.
“The words that come to me are the words of scripture: there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends,” he went on stage.
He praised the “heroism of the Russian soldiers who fought, acted, and, if necessary, hid them” during the military operation, as the crowd chanted “Russia, Russia.” Companion with their bodies to cut off the path of a “bulletin”.
“Made in the USSR”
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The event also featured patriotic songs by famous singers. Oleg Kozmanov captured the success of “Made in the USSR”, which states, “Ukraine and Crimea, Belarus and Moldova, this is my country.”
Politicians, sports medalists and artists took to the stage, and messages of allegiance to President Putin multiplied, while tens of thousands of people waved flags and “Z” -banned banners.
“We are a nation and a people and a nation that respects and protects peace and fights against evil … True freedom is freedom from evil. We can not be afraid because we live with love and trust,” said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russian diplomacy.
The father of a pro-Russian separatist who died a few days ago in eastern Ukraine went on stage to greet the Russian army, which was “in the front line.”
“I want to tell you to support the president,” declared Artyom Joga, who was present at the event, while commanding a separatist faction in the Donetsk front.
“A nation that trusts its president cannot be defeated,” the gala host announced.