Why fears are growing before Victory Day for Russia on May 9

Western officials have speculated that Russia’s D-Day on May 9 may see an escalation in the country’s offensive on Ukraine.

Russia honors May 9 as the day the Soviet Union defeated Nazi Germany in 1945, with the Soviet Union losing more than 24 million people during World War II.

Russia celebrates the day with military parades, festivals and fireworks, but some fear this year that the country will use the national holiday to intensify attacks on Ukraine.

Officials say Russian President Vladimir Putin may declare a formal war against Ukraine, having so far referred to the invasion as only a “special military operation”.

“I think he’s going to try to get away from his ‘special operation’,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told LBC radio. He was rolling around on the field, paving the way for saying, ‘Look, this is now a war against the Nazis, and what I need is more people. I need more.’ From the fodder of the Russian defender.

Russia claimed its invasion was necessary to save Ukraine from its neo-Nazi government, though Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a Jew. After the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Zelensky said this week that Hitler also had Jewish blood, and accused Moscow of using Nazi propaganda tactics.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said this week that Russia would likely use the D-Day celebrations to redouble neo-Nazi propaganda efforts.

Price said there was “good reason to believe that the Russians would do everything in their power to use” D-Day as a means to bolster propaganda against Ukraine.

I’ve seen speculation that Russia might officially declare war. I think I will add that it would be quite ironic if Moscow took advantage of the D-Day occasion to declare war,” added Price.

Ukrainian citizen Yorgiy Hural He told the New York Times, He is leaving the city of Lviv to go to a safer area before May 9, fearing the escalation of the war.

“I worry about them – and myself,” he said. “A lot of people I know talk about it.”

Despite rumors of a major move by Russia on D-Day, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov He said he was The “nonsense” that the country will move to classify the fighting with Ukraine as a war.

Peskov said there was “no chance” to declare war.

Regardless of the terminology, Ukraine is preparing for Russia to intensify its efforts to annex Luhansk and Donetsk, an area in eastern Ukraine on which Russian forces have focused in recent weeks.

Dmytro Gorin, Member of the Verkhovna Rada, hill said Major action is expected on May 9 as Russia aims to “destroy Ukraine”.

“They need to show their fellow citizens something,” Goren said.