Putin is trying to turn the invasion of Ukraine into a second “Great Patriotic War” – ISW

Vladimir PutinIt is trying to turn the invasion into a second “Great Patriotic War” to increase Russian support for the war against Ukraine and to continue mobilization.

This is stated in the report of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

Earlier in the day, Putin delivered a speech dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad. Analysts noted that the Russian president likes to use symbolic dates and historical analogies in his addresses. During this time, he compared the progress of the Nazi blockade to how Russia was fighting “Ukrainian neo-Nazis”.

Analysts have suggested that he is trying to revive support for an invasion and protracted war against Ukraine by reintroducing stories about “Ukrainian neo-Nazis” and “Russian genocide”.

These efforts, ISW believes, were supported by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Ukraine and the West were “carrying out the genocide of the Russian people,” he declared. The minister also accused the West of creating an alliance of European nations to solve the “Russian problem” just as Adolf Hitler sought a “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jewish people.

“Western officials’ desire for Russia’s strategic defeat is tantamount to the genocide of the Russian people,” Lavrov said. Lavrov may have made this statement to create clear informational conditions for protracted war by presenting the war against Ukraine as vitally important to Russians as Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union.– ISW believes.

But analysts note that equating the two wars is ridiculous and aimed at a domestic audience. “The purpose of Lavrov’s outrageous and ridiculous comparison was to complement Putin’s rhetoric and convince the Russian public that Ukraine and its Western patrons pose a real and immediate threat to Russia.”The report says.

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Recall that Putin, commenting on the invasion of Ukraine, said: “The dynamics of the development of events is positive”.

According to experts, Putin changed his tactics and convinced Russians not that “life goes on”, but the opposite. It wants to prepare the people for a long and difficult war.

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