Ukraine war LIVE – Evil Putin uses Victory Day speech to spout twisted lies about West plotting to invade Russia

VLADIMIR Putin has used today's Victory Day parade spout twisted lies about western plots “for the invasion” of Russia.

The Russian tyrant said the war in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

But so far a widely anticipated declaration of all-out war on Ukraine has failed to materialise.

The news comes as Volodymyr Zelensky used the eve of Victory Day to say that Russia will "lose" this war as "evil always loses" during his daily address.

He went on to say that Russia had “forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War Two”.

Zelensky said the whole free world could see that Ukraine was "the party of good in this war”.

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    More pictures from Moscow

    Tanks have been pictured parading through Moscow during today's victory day celebrations.

    Russian servicemen ride military vehicles during the Victory Day military paradeCredit: AFP
    Russian T-72B3M tanks parade through Red SquareCredit: AFP
  • Louis Allwood

    No surprise Putin linked current war to WW2 – Military expert

    A Russian military expert has said it was no surprise to hear Vladimir Putin linking the current war in Ukraine with World War Two.

    Speaking to the BBC, Katarzyna Zysk said Putin begun "glorifying the Soviet past and tapping into the Soviet nostalgia which is quite widespread in Russia and has been fuelled by the Russian authorities".

    She says he repeated false accusations against Nato that they planned a nuclear attack and talked of fighting "the invented Ukrainian Nazis".

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    Western leaders hit out

    Western leaders also used the occasion of Victory Day to hit out at Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, told Reuters news agency Russian President Vladimir Putin was “going against the very values that so many people fought and died for”.

    And leaders of the G7 group said Putin’s actions brought “shame on Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people".

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin walks through parade

    Putin has now begun walking around the parade.

    Surrounded by officers Putin receives applause from the crowds.

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    'We won then. We will win now'

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has released a video message commemorating victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

    Zelensky also said Ukraine would not give "a single piece of our land" to Russia.

  • Louis Allwood

    West was "preparing for the invasion of our land" – Putin

    More now on Putin's speech, the Russian tyrant said the war in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was "preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea".

    But so far a widely anticipated declaration of all-out war on Ukraine has failed to materialise.

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    Pictured: Russia's Victory Day

    Russia's Victory Day parade, which celebrates the Soviet Union's Second World War victory, is under way in Moscow.

    Here's a look at what we're seeing so far.

    Russian servicewomen march on Red SquareCredit: AFP
    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the Russian Land Forces Oleg Salyukov drive Aurus cabriolets during a military paradeCredit: Reuters
  • Louis Allwood

    There has been no big announcement

    There was no major announcement in President Putin’s Victory Day speech, as some had anticipated.

    But in his address, the Kremlin leader attempted again to justify Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying Nato and Ukraine were creating threats “unacceptable to us” on Russia’s borders.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin’s Victory Day parade coverage HACKED

    A major hack of Russian TV schedules led to millions seeing a message that the blood of Ukrainians was on their hands. 

    The ‘No to War’ call came as Russians prepared to watch the annual Victory Day military parade on Red Square presided over by Vladimir Putin. 

    The hack impacted online viewers of various  channels transmitted by  MTS mobile operator, NTV Plus, Rostelecom and Wink.

    A caption appeared on hacked screens saying: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands. TV and the authorities lie. No to war.”

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    Air display will not take place

    The air display involving his Doomsday nuclear plane was abruptly cancelled at the last minute in Moscow ostensibly because of bad weather,

    But there has been speculation it was due to security reasons and the fear of attacks on aircraft.

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    National Anthem plays out

    Troops in Red Square cheered at the end of Putin's speech and Russia's national anthem was played whilst cannons fired.

    Credit: Reuters
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    Putin ends speech to begin parade

    Russian military forces are no parading in Moscow's Red Square in front of President Putin.

    The celebrations are said to be a third of the size to previous years according to reports.

    Credit: AFP
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    Elon Musk fans concerned after billionaire writes chilling post on Twitter

    ELON Musk concerned fans after he wrote a chilling post on Twitter about dying "under mysterious circumstances."

    Musk took to Twitter and said, "If I die under mysterious circumstances, it's been nice knowin ya."

    People took to the comment section to address the world's richest man's concerning post.

    "No, you will not die. The world needs you to reform," one user said in the comments.

    "Why would you even play like that?" another worried fan said.

    This comes just minutes after Musk fired off a couple of tweets about apparently receiving a chilling message in the Russian media.

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    Crowds chant at Victory Day parade

    Putin has said that soldiers are fighting just like their ancestors.

    Putin said: "Today you are defending what your great grandfathers were fighting for."

    At the end of his speech he shouted the words "Glory to our armed force."

    The soldiers in Moscow's Red Square replied with chants of "Hurray to Russia."

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    Putin claims forces are 'fighting for the security of Russia'

    Putin has told Russian fighters they are fighting for the security of Russia now.

    He has congratulated veterans on day of 'great victory'.

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    Putin has said that 'danger was growing' before invasion

    Putin has tried to justify the invasion of Ukraine by saying 'the danger was growing everyday and Russia acted'.

    He added 'that was the only decision of an independent sovereign nation'.

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    Victory Day parade has begun

    The Victory Day parade has begun in Red Square.

    Soldiers in full dress uniform are carrying Russian and Soviet flags as they march past President Vladimir Putin.

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    Putin’s ruthless ‘death squad’ has stormed Eastern Ukraine, sources claim

    VLADIMIR Putin’s ruthless "death squad" has allegedly been spotted entering Ukraine, sources have claimed.

    Hundreds of enforcers known as the Wagner Group are said to have been deployed on the country’s eastern front – sparking fresh fears for the safety of civilians.

    According to insiders, the private army – entrusted by Putin – have been drafted in to boost Russia’s faltering assault.

    The savage operatives are thought to have one of the world’s worst reputations for war crimes.

    A source told the Mirror: “The presence of the Wagner Group in large numbers is a worrying development because they are so unaccountable.

    “The only possible reason they are there is to be used as a force that can do what it likes and it won’t be seen as the responsibility of the Russian regime.”

  • Milica Cosic

    PM: Ukraine needs equipment ‘not just to hold ground’ but to recapture it

    The Uk’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, told G7 leaders earlier yesterday that military equipment designed to help Ukraine hold ground was no longer sufficient, Downing Street has said.

    He said the country needed military equipment to recapture ground too.

    Mr Johnson said there was a “savage irony” that the leaders had gathered to discuss Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion just as many countries were commemorating the end of the Second World War.

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    Russia will 'lose' this war

    PRESIDENT Volodymyr Zelensky used the eve of Victory Day to say that Russia will "lose" this war as "evil always loses" during his daily address.

    He went on to say that Russia had “forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War Two”.

    Zelensky said the whole free world could see that Ukraine was "the party of good in this war”.

    Western leaders also used the occasion of Victory Day to hit out at Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, told Reuters news agency Russian President Vladimir Putin was “going against the very values that so many people fought and died for”.

    And leaders of the G7 group said Putin’s actions brought “shame on Russia and the historic sacrifices of its people".

  • Louis Allwood

    Victory Day

    All eyes will be on Moscow ahead of their Victory Day celebrations, where Putin is expected to give a speech to the crowds watching.

    There is speculation that Putin could use the occasion to make a major announcement related to the invasion.

    Kremlin officials have said parades will take place in 28 Russian cities involving 65,000 people, 2,400 items of military hardware and more than 400 aircraft.

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky’s iconic fleece sells for £90,000 at fundraiser

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s iconic fleece jacket has sold for £90,000 at a charity fundraiser for Ukraine in London.

    The event, held at the auction house Christie’s, aimed to “tell the stories of (Ukrainian) bravery which became iconic during the war, as well as to raise funds to support this bravery”.

    The fleece was personally signed by Mr Zelensky and bidding began at £50,000.

  • Milica Cosic

    Evacuees from Mariupol's Azovstal arrive in Zaporizhzhia

    According to the United Nations, a convoy of evacuees – including those from Mariupol's Azovstal – arrived in Ukrainian-controlled Zaporizhzhia earlier yesterday evening.

    The UN said more than 170 people had been rescued by a joint UN and Red Cross operation. 

    The latest mission brings the total number of people evacuated from Mariupol to more than 600, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) tweeted.

    UN coordinator in Ukraine Osnat Lubrani said on Twitter: "Our work is not yet done. I don't forget those who've been left behind."

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine forces in Azovstal: 'Surrender not an option'

    Ukrainian forces holed up in the sprawling Azovstal steelworks in the Russian-controlled city of Mariupol said Sunday they would not surrender and vowed to fight on.

    "We, all of the military personnel in the garrison of Mariupol, we have witnessed the war crimes performed by Russia, by the Russian army," said Ilya Samoilenko, an Azov regiment intelligence officer.

    "We are witnesses. Surrender is not an option because Russia is not interested in our lives."

    The Azovstal steel mill is the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in the devastated port city and its fate has taken on a symbolic value in the broader battle since Russia's invasion.

    "All our supplies are limited. We still have water. We still have munitions. We will have our personal weapons. We will fight until the best resolution of the situation," Samoilenko said during a press conference.

    He added that the regiment would not abandon its 200 or so injured soldiers.

    "We can't abandon our injured, our dead — these people deserve fitting treatment, they deserve a burial worthy of the name. We won't leave anyone behind us," he said.

  • Milica Cosic

    Germany's Scholz says on WW2 anniversary that 'Ukraine will survive'

    The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said yesterday that 8 May was “like no other”, as he condemned Russia’s “barbaric” invasion of Ukraine.

    “We support Ukraine in the fight against the aggressor,” he said, in comments marking Victory in Europe day.

    “Not doing so would mean capitulating to sheer violence and empowering the aggressor.”

    He told the German public that “fear must not paralyse us” and said he was “deeply convinced” that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, will not win the war.

    “Ukraine will survive,” he said.

    “Freedom and security will prevail – just as freedom and security triumphed over lack of freedom, violence and dictatorship 77 years ago.”

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