Ukraine war: 80 years on, we are facing German tanks again – Putin

Vladimir Putin has compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the fight against Nazi Germany in a speech to mark the 80th anniver­sary of the conclusion of the Battle of Stalingrad.

Citing Germany’s decision to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine, he claimed history was repeating itself.

“It’s unbelievable but true,” he said. “We are again being threatened by German Leopard tanks.”

Germany is one of many countries helping Ukraine defend its territory.

Russia launched its bloody, full-scale invasion almost one year ago, prompt­ing Western countries to send weapons and aid to the government in Kyiv.

Speaking in Volgograd – the modern name for Stalingrad – Mr Putin hinted that he could seek to move beyond conventional weapons.

“Those who hope to defeat Russia on the battlefield do not understand, it seems that a modern war with Russia will be very different for them,” the 70-year-old leader said.

“We are not sending our tanks to their borders, but we have the means to respond. It won’t be limited to the use of armoured hardware. Everyone must understand this.”

Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, declined to elaborate on Mr Putin’s comments, but did tell report­ers that “as new weapons are delivered by the collective West, Russia will make greater use of its potential to respond”.

Mr Putin was in Volgograd to mark the anniversary of the end of the Bat­tle of Stalingrad, the World War Two conflict which saw the Soviet army capture nearly 91,000 German troops and turn the tide of the war.

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