Russia's president marked a key wartime anniversary by claiming his country is under attack again. Vladimir Putin spoke Tuesday at an event recognizing the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.
"Civilization is at a turning point. Real war is being waged against our motherland," Putin said.
The Putin administration has viewed Victory Day as a chance to stir up patriotism. But this year's events are happening under unusual circumstances. Tensions are rising as Ukraine is poised to launch an attack with military support from Europe and the United States.
And Russia's presidential office announced last week that the Kremlin was the target of a drone attack.
More than 20 cities across the country have canceled military parades due to security concerns.