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Intervention in Ukraine necessary as West prepared for invasion of our land: Putin Updated: 2022-05-10 11:19:57 KST

"Victimizing Russia," President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of preparing for an "invasion" of his land, provoking what he calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine.
President Putin made the comments on Monday while presiding over the 77th Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

"The NATO bloc began active military development of the territories adjacent to ours. This was an absolutely unacceptable threat systematically created for us, and it was right on our borders."

He claimed that NATO countries did not want to hear Russia's proposals for dialogue.
He also defended the invasion of Ukraine, telling the troops that they are "defending the motherland" and "its future."
However, experts say the speech did not imply in any sense that Russia is backing down.
The parade celebrates the Soviet Union's 1945 victory over the Nazis in World War Two.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a speech commemorating World War Two, denounced Russia by accusing it of implementing "a bloody reconstruction of Nazism."

"On the day of victory over Nazism, we are fighting for a new victory. The road to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win."

He added that very soon, "there will be two Victory Days in Ukraine" and "someone" meaning Putin "won't have any."
The parade comes one day after Ukrainian authorities said that, due to Russia's airstrike of a village school in eastern Ukraine, more than 60 people are feared dead.
The governor of the Luhansk region said Russia bombed the school's basement on Saturday where roughly 90 local residents were sheltering.
Eum Ji-young, Arirang News.

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