'Russia has not had unity like this for long time' Putin tells ...
Vladimir Putin held a rally today in Moscow to drum up support for his invasion of Ukraine.
The rally, held at the Luzhniki World Cup stadium, was held to mark the eighth anniversary of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and Moscow police said 200,000 people were in and around the stadium.
During the rally, people sang songs, listened to an (interrupted) speech by Putin and it seemed that some were not too pleased to be there...
Addressing those claims in February, Zelensky said: "The Ukraine on your news and Ukraine in real life are two completely different countries — and the main difference between them is: Ours is real. You are told we are Nazis. But could a people who lost more than 8 million lives in the battle against Nazism support Nazism?
The Daily Mail reports on what Putin said. He apparently said of the people of Russia and Crimea: "We are united by the same destiny.
"This is how the people thought and that's what they were guided by when they had the referendum in Sevastopol.
"They want to share their historical destiny with their motherland Russia - let us congratulate them on this occasion, it is their occasion. Congratulations.
"Sevastopol did the right thing when they put up a barrier to neo-Nazis and radicals, which is already happening on other territories,' he said.
"[The] people of Danobas also disagreed with this, and straightaway they organised military operations against them.'
'The best confirmation is how our guys are fighting during this operation, shoulder to shoulder, helping each other. When it is necessary, they cover each-other as if it was their own brother from bullets. We haven't had such unity in a long time,' he said
Speaking about his war in Ukraine, he repeated the false claim that it is a "special operation" and mentioned Admiral Fyodor Ushakov, an 18th century Russian naval commander who famously never lost a battle.
'It so happened that the start of the special operation coincided, quite by chance, with the birthday of one of our outstanding military leaders, the sainted Fyodor Ushakov, who throughout his brilliant military career never lost a battle."
"He once said: 'These thunderstorms will go to the glory of Russia'. So it was then. So it is today. And so it will always be."
Putin's speech cuts out
Halfway through a sentence, the livestream of Putin's speech cut out and images were put on screen instead. The Kremlin's press secretary said this was because of a server problem and the end of Putin's speech was played later.
Turns out state TV cut out just before Putin finished the speech. He quoted Fyodor Ushakov, the legendary Tsarist-era admiral who is now the patron saint of Russia\u2019s strategic nuclear bomber fleet, and left.pic.twitter.com/SJHpsyOWI1
The number of participants to the rally throughout Moscow in support of the Russian army has already exceeded 200,000 people. This is the largest rally in the Russian capital in a very long time.pic.twitter.com/DPPFLbCPRs
— The Eurasianist \u2626\ufe0f (@The Eurasianist \u2626\ufe0f)
The event included well-known singer Oleg Gazmanov singing Made In The USSR, with the opening lines “Ukraine and Crimea, Belarus and Moldova, It’s all my country.”
According to Max Seddon, a journalist at the Financial Times, some of the other artists sang anti-war songs, but no-one seemed to mind.
Oddly, if you listen to the lyrics, the songs are about how bad war is. But nobody really seems botheredpic.twitter.com/CRGwzKhICa
Polina Gagarina, once a Russian Eurovision contestant, absolutely butchering \u201cCuckoo\u201d by the brilliant Soviet 80s rock band Kino. Nobody must have told her they were known for their *anti-war* songspic.twitter.com/vpyjTPfbg1
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