‘Russia has not had unity like this for long time’ Putin tells crowd
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin appeared at a massive rally in Moscow praising his troops fighting in Ukraine as the battle intensified at the centre of Mariupol city.
Students and employees of state-run institutions in many regions were reportedly ordered to attend rallies and concerts marking the eighth anniversary of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014.
Putin made a rare public appearance since the beginning of the war, and praised the troops.
Mariupol mayor Vadym Boichenko told the BBC that the fighting has reached the city’s centre. Three weeks into the invasion, Russia has suffered heavy tolls on the battlefield.
British Chief of Defence Intelligence Lt Gen. Jim Hockenhull warned that Russia is shifting to a “strategy of attrition,” causing “indiscriminate use of firepower.”
Ukrainian officials said Friday that Russian forces are still trying to storm the southern port city of Mariupol which has lost its access to the Azov Sea. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said Russian forces are creating a “humanitarian catastrophe” by blockading the largest cities to persuade Ukrainian citizens to cooperate.
Putin appears at massive flag-waving rally in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at a massive rally on Friday at a Moscow stadium, praising his troops.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now on day 24, has caused heavier-than-expected losses to Russian forces on the battlefield as the country continues to curb antiwar protests at home.
Mr Putin praised his troops in a rare public appearance since the beginning of the war, adding “We have not had unity like this for a long time.”
The event, marking the eighth anniversary of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, included patriotic songs, such as “Made in the U.S.S.R.,” with the opening lines “Ukraine and Crimea, Belarus and Moldova, it’s all my country.”
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Vishwam Sankaran19 March 2022 03:31