During a visit to Volgograd to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the battle of Stalingrad, two of Putin’s security guards were seen carrying black cases. It is said that one of the black cases carried by Putin’s security guards serves as a foldable shield to protect him in case of an attack, while the other is thought to hold the button for launching the Kremlin’s nuclear weapons.

Putin visited the memorial dedicated to fallen Red Army soldiers in Volgograd, where he laid a wreath at the eternal flame and made a speech.

He expressed concern about the resurgence of neo-Nazism, which he views as a direct threat to Russia‘s security, and accused the Western collective of aggression.

Putin also criticized Germany’s decision to supply advanced Leopard battle tanks, warning that a modern war with Russia would be different.

The Russian strongman referred to the presence of neo-Nazi beliefs in Ukraine and linked the potential use of German Leopard tanks with crosses painted on their armor to the actions of Ukrainian nationalist leader Stepan Bandera, who was a Nazi collaborator during World War II.

Putin said: “It’s incredible, but it’s a fact: they are threatening us again with German Leopard tanks with crosses painted on their armor,

“And they are again going to fight Russia on the territory of Ukraine with the hands of Hitler’s followers, the Banderites.”

The Battle of Stalingrad holds great significance in Russia and is remembered as one of the bloodiest battles in history, with an estimated 2 million casualties.

It is seen as a major turning point in the European theater of World War II and is a source of pride in modern Russia.

The city was renamed in 1961 as part of the Soviet Union’s rejection of Joseph Stalin’s personality cult and attempts to restore its original name have not been approved by the Kremlin.

Some Russian lawmakers have been instructed by the dominant United Russia party to equate the situation in Ukraine to the Battle of Stalingrad.

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