Putin: Russia’s WWI victory was stolen 

Vladimir Putin

 

2014/08/02 • Russia

Vladimir Putin makes another detour into Russian history

Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks that Russia had its victory in World War I stolen. He said this today during the opening ceremony of the monument to the fallen WWI heroes on Poklonnaya hill, reports UNIAN.

As such, the Russian President thinks that throughout many centuries Russia has stood for strong and trusting relations between states.

According to Putin, this was the case on the eve of World War I, when Russia did everything it could to convince Europe to solve the conflict between Serbia and Austria-Hungary peacefully and without bloodshed. However, Russia went unheard, and it was forced to respond to the challenge “by protecting its fraternal Slavic people, protecting itself, and its citizens from an external threat.”

“Russia did its duty as an ally. Its advances in Prussia and in Galicia disrupted the enemy’s plans, gave the allies the opportunity to hold the front and defend Paris, and compelled the enemy to send most of its forces to the east, where Russian troops fought fearlessly. And the entire world heard about the legendary Brusilov Offensive (the events unfolded on Ukrainian territory – editors). However, this victory was stolen from the country. Stolen by those who called for the defeat of their Motherland, their army, incited animosity within Russia, strived to capture power, betraying national interests,” said Putin.

According to him, the tragedy of World War I reminds us of what “aggression and egoism lead to – the immeasurable ambitions of state leaders and political elites, which overcome common sense, and instead of preserving the most well-off continent in the world, Europe, subject it to danger.”

He stated that there are many examples in world history of “how high the cost is of the people’s unwillingness to heed each other, the disrespect of rights and freedoms of others, as well as the neglect of legitimate interests in favor of one’s own interests and ambitions.”

As a reminder, after the revolution happened in Russia and the Communists came to power, the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty was signed in 1918, maring the defeat and withdrawal of Russia from the First World War.

Source: LIGA, Photo: AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina, Edited by Andrew Kinder

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  • Milan Schulz

    This is perhaps the dictionary definition of irony

  • Donald Casavant

    I don’t know what Putlier is smoking, but it would be nice if he passed the joint around!!

  • evanlarkspur

    There is reality, and then there is Putin. N’er the twain shall meet.
    Those Russian who fought fearlessly? The were Russian troops positioned behind them who shot them if they retreated. It was a favorite technique of the soviets used in both world wars, but hushed up, like the extensive raping of all the girls in every freed or conquered village, town and city that was commonplace in the Russian army’s advances. Let’s appease Putin so we can have more of this in the world, shall we? Then history can observe that we were as out of touch as he.

    • Vlad Nikolaev

      Soviets only fought the 2nd worldwar. WWI was indeed a stolen victory because the front was stable but Lenin sold the government to the Germans. Because he was a German spie.

  • On the Balcony

    Does Putin understand that his ideas of “slavic brotherhood” and “national interests” merely mask his personal lust for power or is he truly deranged? In either case, Ukrainians neither need nor want Putin’s “protection.” In truth, I suspect that the Russian people will be better off without Putin too.

  • Paul Pourdieu

    A cynic of the first order!

  • sandy miller

    What a victim!!! Poor Russia!!! He just makes up his own history like Peter The Great? did. I suppose it’s all Ukraine’s fault…The man is truely crazy! Is the whole Russian national a bunch of zombies or are they crazy too?

  • Dr. Preobrazhensky

    Putin is actually right here. The Bolsheviks stole Russia’s victory and as a result of the Revolution Russia was denied its share of the spoils, despite its sacrifices.

  • Petronius

    “aggression and egoism lead to – the immeasurable ambitions of state leaders and political elites, which overcome common sense, and instead of preserving the most well-off continent in the world, Europe, subject it to danger. He stated that there are many examples in world history of “how high the cost is of the people’s unwillingness to heed each other, the disrespect of rights and freedoms of others, as well as the neglect of legitimate interests in favor of one’s own interests and ambitions.” Hmmm that reminds me of someone….