Speech at parade marking Victory in the
1941–1945 Great Patriotic War.
By President Putin
Speech by the President of Russia at the military parade May 9, 2023
President of Russia
Vladimir Putin: Citizens of Russia,
and sailors, sergeants and warrant officers, midshipmen and sergeant majors,
generals and admirals,
and commanders participating in the special military operation,
Happy Victory Day!
Happy holiday that
commemorates the honour of our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who
glorified and immortalised their names by defending our Fatherland. They saved
the humankind from Nazism through immeasurable courage and immense sacrifice.
civilisation is at a crucial turning point. A real war is being waged against
our country again but we have countered international terrorism and will defend
the people of Donbass and safeguard our security.
For us, for Russia,
there are no unfriendly or hostile nations either in the west or in the east.
Just like the vast majority of people on the planet, we want to see a peaceful,
free and stable future.
We believe that any
ideology of superiority is abhorrent, criminal and deadly by its nature.
However, the Western globalist elites keep speaking about their exceptionalism,
pit nations against each other and split societies, provoke bloody conflicts
and coups, sow hatred, Russophobia, aggressive nationalism, destroy family
and traditional values which make us human. They do all that so as to keep
dictating and imposing their will, their rights and rules on peoples, which
in reality is a system of plundering, violence and suppression.
They seem to have
forgotten what the Nazis’ insane claims of global dominance led to. They forgot
who destroyed that monstrous, total evil, who stood up for their native land
and did not spare their lives to liberate the peoples of Europe.
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We see how in certain
countries they ruthlessly and cold-bloodedly destroy memorials to Soviet
soldiers, demolish monuments to great commanders, create a real cult
of the Nazis and their proxies, erase and demonise the memory of true heroes.
Such profanation of the feat and sacrifices of the victorious generation is also
a crime, an outright revanchism on the part of those who were cynically
and blatantly preparing a new march on Russia and who brought together neo-Nazi
scum from around the world for this.
Their goal –
and there is nothing new about it – is to break apart and destroy our country,
to make null and void the outcomes of World War II, to completely break down
the system of global security and international law, to choke off any sovereign
centres of development.
arrogance and impunity inevitably lead to tragedies. This is the reason
for the catastrophe the Ukrainian people are going through. They have become
hostage to the coup d’état and the resulting criminal regime of its Western
masters, collateral damage in the implementation of their cruel and self-serving
of defenders of the Fatherland is sacred for us in Russia, and we cherish it
in our hearts. We give credit to members of the Resistance who bravely fought
Nazism as well as the troops of the allied armies of the United States, Great
Britain and other countries. We remember and honour the feat of Chinese soldiers
in the fight against Japanese militarism.
I strongly believe
that the experience of solidarity and partnership during the years of fighting
a common threat is our invaluable heritage and a secure foothold now when
the unstoppable movement is gaining momentum towards a more just multipolar
world, a world based on the principles of trust and indivisible security,
of equal opportunities for a genuine and free development of all nations
It is crucial that
leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States have gathered here in Moscow
today. I see it as appreciation of the feat of our ancestors: they fought
and won together since all the peoples of the USSR contributed to our common
We will always
remember that. We bow our heads in cherished memory of those who lost their
lives during the war, the memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers,
grandfathers, husbands, wives, sisters and friends.
I declare a minute
Citizens of Russia,
The battles that were
decisive for our Motherland always became patriotic, national and sacred. We are
faithful to our ancestors’ legacy and have a deep and clear awareness of what it
means to be up to the mark of their military, labour and moral achievements.
We take pride
in the participants in the special military operation, all those fighting
on the frontlines, those who deliver supplies to the front and save the wounded
under fire. Your combat activities now are of paramount importance.
The country’s security depends on you today as does the future of our statehood
and our people. You commendably perform your combat duty fighting for Russia.
Your families, children and friends stand behind you. They are waiting for you.
I am sure you can feel their unfailing love.
The entire country
has united to support our heroes. Everyone is ready to help, everyone prays
Today, every family
in our country honours Great Patriotic War participants, remembers their family
members and their heroes, and lays flowers to military memorials.
We are standing
on Red Square, a place which remembers retainers of Yury Dolgoruky and Dmitry
Donskoy, the people’s militia of Minin and Pozharsky, soldiers of Peter
the Great and Kutuzov, the military parades of 1941 and 1945.
Today we have here
participants in the special military operation – regular servicemen and those
who joined the army ranks during the partial mobilisation, troops of the Lugansk
and Donetsk corps, many volunteer units, personnel of the National Guard,
Interior Ministry, Federal Security Service, Emergencies Ministry and other
security agencies and services.
My greetings to all
of you, friends. My greetings to everyone who is fighting for Russia
in the battlefield, who is now in the line of duty.
Our heroic ancestors
proved during the Great Patriotic War that nothing can beat our strong, powerful
and reliable unity. There is nothing stronger than our love for the Motherland.
For Russia! For our
glorious Armed Forces! For Victory!