Video | Why does Putin invoke Nazism to invade Ukraine? | International

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to invade Ukraine through a speech recorded in his office. In it, he assured that “the ‘denazification’ of Ukraine” was one of the main reasons for the military aggression. In addition, the Russian leader has repeated this idea in all his interventions during the course of the conflict. This video explains why Putin has used this term so often to justify the war, attack the government of Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, and label the entire invaded country Nazi.

The journalist from EL PAÍS International, Patricia R. Blanco, and specialist in disinformation, analyzes in this video the key points of the story that the Russian president has tried to implant in all the citizens of his country. She also comments on what has led Putin to choose this appeal to the German regime of Adolf Hitler that caused World War II – between 1939 and 1945. Blanco detects and points out the falsehoods contained in the argument of the Russian president and explains the reasons that have led him to use it in each of his public appearances since he declared war on the neighboring country.

Is this strategy useful? Has it worked before? As detailed in the video, examples such as the occupation of Crimea in 2014 and its subsequent annexation to the Russian Federation serve as precedents to understand the discourse that Putin has articulated around the old Soviet Union —which became the main power of the world together with the United States—and its subsequent decomposition with the fall of the Berlin Wall. How have you used the history of Russia in his speech? Blanco answers all these questions and outlines Putin’s intention in evoking Nazism to defend his attack on Ukraine.

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