Lisa Haseldine Lisa Haseldine

Victory Day threatens Putin’s alternative reality

Vladimir Putin giving the Victory Day speech, 2023 (Credit: Getty images)

As Vladimir Putin rounded off his Victory Day speech with a resounding ‘Hurrah!’ to Russia, the contrast between the celebrations of this year and last could not be starker. Putin was a president in a hurry: he spoke for just nine minutes, the parade was wrapped up in under 25 minutes.

‘A real war has once again broken out against our motherland,’ he began.

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