No mobilization on “Victory Day”

Colonel Bernhard Gruber spoke in “Vorarlberg LIVE” about May 9th – the most important holiday in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the war of aggression against Ukraine at a military parade in Moscow with a NATO threat. The Western military alliance has created an “absolutely unacceptable threat” to Russia over the years, he said Monday in his eagerly awaited speech in Red Square marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. “The NATO bloc has started active military development of the territories bordering our region,” Putin said. Russia had preemptively warded off aggression from the West. “It was the only right decision.”

Putin’s View of NATO

On February 24, the head of the Kremlin ordered an invasion of Ukraine – partly on the grounds that the ex-Soviet republic striving for NATO membership had to be “demilitarized”. Everything indicated that a confrontation with the “neo-Nazis” in Kyiv, on which the USA had counted, was inevitable, he said.

Putin claimed an attack by Ukraine on the pro-Russian separatist areas in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions was imminent – including on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

“No attack planned”

However, Ukraine, which is supported with weapons by the West, has always refused to use force to take back the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. The adviser to the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Mykhailo Podoliak, also rejected the current allegations by Russia. “The NATO countries did not want to attack Russia. Ukraine has not planned an attack on Crimea,” said Podoliak.

For years, Russia has criticized the military aid provided by the United States and other NATO countries in Ukraine. In addition to deliveries of weapons and ammunition, Moscow is bothered by the fact that Western military trainers are active there and that maneuvers are increasingly being held with the participation of NATO countries.

How strong is Russia?

Moscow sees itself at war with the West, which is trying to bring Russia to its knees with sanctions and arms deliveries. Contrary to what some Western observers feared, however, Putin did not order a partial or general mobilization to give what he called a “special military operation” new impetus.

What Europe needs to prepare for

What do you need to prepare for now? “There is only one thing that is certain in war and that is uncertainty,” said military commander Colonel Bernhard Gruber on Monday in the Vorarlberg LIVE show. However, it can be assumed that the military operations will become increasingly severe, since the Russians have less and less precision ammunition at their disposal.

The entire broadcast

The broadcast “Vorarlberg LIVE” is a cooperation between VOL.AT, VN.at, Ländle TV and VOL.AT TV and is broadcast from Monday to Friday from 5 p.m.
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