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For years, President Vladimir V. Putin has taken advantage of Victory Day — when Russians commemorate the Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany — to champion his country’s military might and project himself as a leader of enormous power.

This year, he drew on the pageantry of May 9 for an even more pressing goal: making the case for the war in Ukraine.


Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.

A parade in Moscow on Monday. Some analysts say that while polls show broad backing in Russia for the war, there seems to be concern in the Kremlin that the support is not deep.
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  • Mr. Putin delivered a speech in which he vowed that the military would keep fighting to rid Ukraine, in his false telling, of “torturers, death squads and Nazis.”

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Anton Troianovski contributed reporting.

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