The ceremony was broadcast by Channel One.
"Dear citizens of Russia, dear veterans, comrade soldiers and sailors, sergeants and foremen, warrant officers and warrant officers, comrade officers, generals and admirals, I congratulate you on the Great Victory Day. The defense of the Motherland, when its fate was being decided, has always been sacred," he said. Vladimir Putin at the Victory Parade.
In his speech, the president also made a number of important statements about the military special operation in Donbass that the Russian Federation has been conducting since February 24, 2022. According to Putin, Russia gave a preemptive rebuff to the aggression of the NATO military alliance, and this was "the only right decision." The President also stressed that the Donbass militia and the Russian military are fighting "on their own land."
Vladimir Putin also specifically noted the following:
"With such feelings of genuine patriotism, the militia of Minin and Pozharsky rose for the fatherland, went on the attack on the Borodino field, fought the enemy near Moscow and Leningrad, Kyiv and Minsk, Stalingrad and Kursk, Sevastopol and Kharkov, so now these days you are fighting for our people in the Donbass, for the security of our homeland Russia."
Vladimir Putin did not mention general mobilization. It should be noted that on the eve of May 9, the public actively discussed the likelihood of general mobilization due to the SVO in the Donbass. The authorities have repeatedly denied this development.