May 27, 2022

Brave Ukrainians waved the flag yesterday in the wake of Unity Day – as Vladimir Putin was accused of fake withdrawal to cover up the attack.

The disobedience came as a plot by Putin’s claim that his Russian troops were withdrawing from Ukraine’s borders, called in by NATO, which revealed that more troops were coming.

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A 200-meter blue and yellow Ukrainian flag parade was held at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in protest of the Solidarity Day show.Credit: Doug Seiberg
The disobedience was seen as a conspiracy by Putin's claim that his Russian troops were withdrawing from Ukraine's borders, called by NATO, which revealed that more troops were arriving.

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The disobedience was seen as a conspiracy by Putin’s claim that his Russian troops were withdrawing from Ukraine’s borders, called by NATO, which revealed that more troops were arriving.Credit: Getty
A child walks under the Ukrainian flag on Solidarity Day in eastern Ukraine.

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A child walks under the Ukrainian flag on Solidarity Day in eastern Ukraine.Credit: AP

And Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned that Russia was “closed and packed” to attack.

But millions of Ukrainian patriots stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday, leaving behind the danger of drowning in the blood of World War III.

They stopped working, shook hands and stood up to sing the national anthem, vowing to defend their homeland against Russia “to the last breath.”

Hundreds of people sang their hearts out after waving the country’s largest blue and yellow national banner at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.

At 10 a.m., a 200-meter flag was paraded around the running track before the enthusiastic singing of the national anthem.

Millions of people followed him across the country when Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky called on his people to show that they were united against Putin’s threats.

Shops and offices stopped to salute, while every window in government blocks was decorated with flags.

After the anthem was sung inside the 70,000-seat stadium, stadium security worker Alexander Pavlovich, 66, led the traditional slogan “Fame to Ukraine”.

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The Air Force veteran said: “We are here today to show Putin that we are united.

“If he orders an attack, he will know his price. We are ready to fight.”

Maxim Lotsenko, a 37-year-old activist, added: “We do not want war, but we will not take orders from Russia and fight for our freedom.

“And if that means carrying a gun to fight, I will do it. I have already joined a reserve force.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry has released footage of tanks and military vehicles pulling out of the occupied Crimean peninsula after weeks of tensions.

But it was not clear if it was Putin Bluff.

No photos were confirmed yesterday – as fighter jets, tanks, troops, missile batteries and warplanes continued large-scale exercises in the north, south and east of the besieged country.

NATO reiterated that its analysts saw no evidence of a withdrawal on the Ukrainian border – and that troop numbers were increasing.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said: “So far, we have not seen any decline on the ground.

“On the contrary, Russia seems to be continuing its military preparations – what we see is that it has increased its troop numbers, and more troops are on the way.”

Rising alarm

The alarm bells ringing just hours after US President Joe Biden said there were still 150,000 troops still stationed near Ukraine’s borders.

Britain’s defense minister has warned that Russia is still ready to attack.

Mr Wallace said: “Russia now has so many troops ready and ready, somewhat closed and burdened, ready to go if it wants to do so from tomorrow, and that proves to be true. Has happened. “

He said the latest intelligence shows that 60 percent of Russia’s ground forces are on Ukraine’s border, with significant naval forces at sea.

Mr Wallace continued: “I think what we have not seen is evidence of the withdrawal that the Kremlin has claimed.

“Instead, we’ve seen the strategic construction of things like field hospitals and strategic weapons systems.”

Warning that Putin could not be trusted, he added: “We will take Russia to task, but we will decide by its actions.

“And until we see the proper tension, I think we should all be careful.”

Russia was later accused by the “ridiculous” convention of withdrawing its troops from permanent bases – because the garrisons were about 15 miles from Ukraine.

Independent analysts say two of the three divisions withdrawn from annexed Crimea are usually located near the border.

Russia has announced that it is sending back units of the 3rd, 42nd and 150th Motorized Rifle Divisions following the “partial completion of large-scale exercises of the Russian Army and Navy”.

But researchers from the Russian Conflict Intelligence Team, which monitors troop movements, said Chechnya was only 700 miles away from Ukraine, the 42nd.

‘Build trust’

Satellite imagery shows Russian forces building a pontoon bridge over the Belarusian river – just four miles from Ukraine’s northern border.

The Russian president has insisted he is now ready to hold “confidence-building” talks with Western leaders.

But yesterday it doubled down on its impossible demand that Ukraine should never join NATO.

“Russia will insist that NATO publicly declare its refusal to include Ukraine in its ranks,” said Konstantin Guerilov, head of Russia’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“Kiev, in turn, must declare its neutral, non-bloc status.”

Demands cross red lines for Western leaders who say Ukraine must decide its own destiny – and now they are ready to send 4,000 troops to protect Europe’s eastern border.

The Kremlin yesterday insisted it was wrong to increase NATO troop numbers and denied any involvement in the cyberattack that crippled Ukrainian banks and government websites on Tuesday.

Russian war games in Belarus are nearing their climax tomorrow with more and more war preparations – amid fears that a stray missile launch could spark a bloody conflict.

Mikhail Popov, Russia’s deputy secretary of the Security Council, has warned that any such launch in the Powder Kag area could be mistaken for a nuclear attack.

Meanwhile, the threat of a false flag attack to put Putin under the pretext of war is high in the enclave of eastern Ukraine occupied by pro-Russian forces.

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“Russia now has so much power and is ready, somewhat closed and burdened, ready to go if it wants to,” said Ben Wallace.Credit: Rakas
Ukrainian President Zelensky called on his people to unite against Putin's threats.

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Ukrainian President Zelensky called on his people to unite against Putin’s threats.
Tactical exercises at a shooting range near Ravenna, Ukraine.

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Tactical exercises at a shooting range near Ravenna, Ukraine.Credit: EPA

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