Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to rally Russians around the war in Ukraine on the occasion of Nazi Germany’s defeat in Stalingrad 80 years ago, at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Soviet victory.
“We are again being threatened by German Leopard tanks!” Putin said, in reference to Germany’s recent decision to supply advanced Leopard battle tanks to Kyiv.
The Russian leader also placed flowers on the grave of the Soviet marshal responsible for defending the city and paid a visit to the main memorial complex in Volgograd, as the city is now called, where he held a minute of silence.
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