Putin Is Selling Victory, and Many Russians Are Buying It – The New York Times

Russia-Ukraine War
Vladimir Putin’s message to his country appears to be taking hold: that Russia is fighting against the whole Western world — and winning.
Vladimir Putin’s message to his country appears to be taking hold: that Russia is fighting against the whole Western world — and winning.
Military cadets at an exhibition of equipment captured from NATO countries in front of the Victory Museum in Moscow.Credit…
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Reporting from Moscow
The word “victory” is everywhere in Moscow these days.
It is being projected from gargantuan LED screens alongside major intersections and highways and written on red flags whipping in the wind. It’s prominent at an exhibit of Western weapons destroyed on Ukrainian battlefields and lugged back to Moscow as war trophies on display in — where else? — Victory Park.
Victory is precisely the message that President Vladimir V. Putin, 71, has sought to project as he has been feted with pomp and pageantry after another electoral success, while his army sweeps through Ukrainian villages in a stunning new offensive in the northeast.
“Together, we will be victorious!” Mr. Putin said at his inauguration last week after securing a fifth term as president. Two days later, the country celebrated Victory Day, Russia’s most important public holiday, which commemorates the Soviet contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
During the first year of the invasion, many Russians were shocked and ashamed by the war; hundreds of thousands left the country. During the second year, they were concerned about a potential second wave of mobilization.
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