Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed today, Thursday, that Russia is threatened for the second time by German Leopard tanks, adding: “It is unbelievable,” referring to the Leopard-2 armored vehicles that Berlin pledged to supply Kyiv to counter the Russian attack, which the Kremlin master once again compared to the war against Russia. Hitler.
He said on the occasion of the 80th anniversary ofbattle of stalingrad, Russia’s response to Threats will not be limited to armor alone, indicating, “We have a response to the West sending tanks to Ukraine,” and continued, “Neo-Nazis They returned to threaten Russia’s national security.”
“The West wants to fight in Ukraine with the hands of Hitler’s allies by sending Leopard tanks,” he added at the ceremony in Volgograd, the city in the southwest of the country that was formerly called Stalingrad.
The Kremlin leader emphasized that Russia is confident of itself, and of the justice of its approach and victory, noting that Moscow has many friends around the world.
Since the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, Putin has been calling the authorities in Kyiv “neo-Nazis” who are committing “genocide” against the Russian-speaking population in the east of the country.
The Kremlin: Russia will intensify the use of its military power
For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today, Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statements regarding Russia’s possession of what it can respond to to Ukraine’s supply of Western weapons, that Russia will expand the use of its military capabilities against the backdrop of Western arms supplies to Ukraine.
Peskov told reporters: “This means that Russia has capabilities, and it will fully use those capabilities to respond during the special military operation to the emergence of new weapons offered by the collective West.”
It is noteworthy that the Battle of Stalingrad (the city’s name has changed to become Volgograd now), which lasted from July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943, was one of the largest battles in World War II during the German military campaign against the Soviet Union, which changed the course of the war.
Vladimir Putin commemorates the Battle of Stalingrad – Reuters
Battle tanks from 12 countries
These statements come as Kyiv secured pledges this month from a group of Western countries to provide it with battle tanks to help its forces repel the all-out Russian offensive, with Moscow making huge efforts to achieve gradual progress in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday that his country would receive between 120 and 140 tanks in a “first wave” of shipments from a 12-country alliance.
Putin: The West wants to fight in Ukraine with the hands of Hitler’s allies
“The Tank Alliance now has 12 members,” he said in an online briefing. “I can note that in the first wave of contributions, the Ukrainian Armed Forces will receive between 120 and 140 Western-style tanks.”
Ukraine intends to launch a major counterattack to retake large swaths of territory that Russia seized in the south and east of the country.
The United States has asked Ukraine to delay these plans until Western military aid arrives.