REPORT: Russia Preparing to End War On Symbolic May 9:The Kiev Independent reports that the Kremlin wants the war in Ukraine to end by May 9, a symbolic day and an indication that Russia is not quite ready to give up on plans to conquer Kyiv and other major population centers despite a brutal loss of life, difficulty resupplying troops, and a shortage of food and water on the ground.
“According to intelligence from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russian troops are being told that the war must end by May – widely celebrated in Russia as the day of victory over Nazi Germany,” the independent English-language news platform revealed to its 1.9 million followers.
Why May 9 Is So Significant
May 9, known as “Victory Day” in Russia, is the day that the Soviet Red Army’s counter-offensive in Nazi Germany came to an end, with Russian soldiers marching through Berlin in 1945 and declaring victory. Every year since the Russian people and other former Soviet countries have celebrated victory against the Nazis.
Assuming the report is accurate, it offers a glimpse into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions for this war in Ukraine and the way he would like the “special military operation” to be remembered.
During Putin’s time as president he has encouraged greater celebrations on May 9, and when he addressed large crowds in Red Square in 2017, he said that the Soviet Union “faced the most powerful assaults by the Nazis” and that there is “no force” that can beat the Russian people.
Ending the war on May 9 will give Putin an opportunity to propagandize his efforts in Ukraine, comparing the victory of the Soviet Red Army in the 20th century to the Russian offensive in Ukraine in 2022, which the Russian president has repeatedly described as a process of “DeNazification.”
“The purpose of this operation is to protect people who for eight years now have been facing humiliation and genocide perpetrated by the Kyiv regime,” Putin said when he launched the invasion.
“To this end, we will seek to demilitarize and deNazify Ukraine, as well as bring to trial those who perpetrated numerous bloody crimes against civilians, including against citizens of the Russian Federation.”
Putin’s accusations, however, have been roundly dismissed, dissected, and proven wrong by a wealth of academics and experts – and even by this outlet.
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March 25, 2022 at 4:58 pm
Remembered for what? The thousands of Ukraine civilians and soldiers, Russian soldiers who died and thousands injured?
March 26, 2022 at 3:10 pm
The whole world understood that the regime in Ukraine was coming to an end. Desperate attempts by the United States to fight to the last Ukrainian are failing.
March 27, 2022 at 3:54 pm
If by failing, you mean killing more and more Russian soldiers and materiel then it is failing more and more each day.
At this rate, its possible complete failure might be achieved by May 9, so that the Ukrainians can celebrate chasing the Russian fascists out of their country. Liberating Crimea may not be completely out of the question as well, though perhaps that can be handled in the peace negotiations with Putin’s successor.
March 27, 2022 at 4:33 pm
Politicians often believe they can just order the Universe to obey them.
The Russians have moved the goal posts to consolidate the Donbas area, acknowledging the northern and southern fronts can’t be held, and trying to hold on to what few gains they can.
Your enemies will often tell you what they fear the most, they will have drained their stockpiles dry by May 9th.
The Logistical situation has reversed, and the Ukrainians are counterattacking with thousands of 1st world anti-tank missiles, and captured Russian weapons.
Demoralized Russian troops are faced with no fuel, no ammo, and no food or basic supplies.
It’s a rout.
March 28, 2022 at 4:58 pm
I don’t think Ukrainian forces are going to be in a mood to forgive and forget when Russian troops turn around and retreat.
Retribution is likely, and deserved.