Vyacheslav Volodin, the Russian Federation’s State Duma chairman, said that the modern Leopard tanks dispatched by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to battle Russia would suffer the same fate that the “Tigers” did eighty years ago – they would be torched.
Volodin made the statement on the occasion of the anniversary of the victory of the Red Army in the Battle of Stalingrad. He released his comments on his official Telegram channel, reported state-run Ria Novosti.
“As history has shown, not everyone has learned the lessons of the defeat of Nazi Germany under Stalingrad. (Ex-Chancellor Angela) Merkel, holding the post of Chancellor, deceived the world community and her people, helped the Kyiv Nazi regime prepare for war,” Volodin said.
He added, “The current Chancellor Scholz went even further, deciding to send German tanks to fight against Russia. Their fate will be the same as 80 years ago. “Leopards” will be burned, repeating the fate of the fascist “Tigers.”
In a similar line, Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev recently said that modern Leopard tanks would be destroyed in the same manner that their predecessors, Tigers and Panthers, were destroyed during World War II.
The Minister noted that the descendants of those who liberated the world of Nazism continue to preserve historical records of the atrocities committed in Ukraine by Hitler’s forces and their henchmen, the Banderites.
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Kolokoltsev stated, “They perfectly preserve the picture of Tigers and Panthers burning on Russian soil in the memory of the modern generation. They will remember burning modern Leopards as well.”
The Minister emphasized that today the North American masters of the Kyiv leadership are not concerned about the unprecedented levels of human loss, Nazi glorification, or puppet corruption.
The German government recently announced that it would send 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and permit other nations to do the same. According to German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, the first Leopard tanks could be delivered to Ukraine in around three to four months.
The Battle Of Stalingrad
The Battle of Stalingrad, 80 years ago, changed the course of World War II when German forces surrendered to the Red Army, serving as a powerful reminder of Russian patriotism.
The conflict lasted more than six months in 1942 and 1943 and was one of the biggest battles in history. Eventually, the Russians defeated the Nazi soldiers stranded in the ruined city in the depths of winter.
There had been between one to two million deaths by the time it was over on February 2, 1943. The first Nazi surrender was celebrated in Russia as the event that saved Europe from Adolf Hitler.
But this year, with Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, the anniversary of that pivotal battle, which falls on February 2, has a more profound significance.
The Kremlin has taken great pains to portray the nearly one-year-old war as a continuation of the struggle against Nazism, similar to the conflict two generations ago in the southern city now known as Volgograd.
Stalingrad, located around 900 kilometers (559 miles) southeast of Moscow, was a center of Soviet industry before the war, with factories producing military equipment. Additionally, Stalingrad served as a crossing point to Central Asia, the Caspian Sea, and the Caucasus oil fields.
Its name made it a tempting target worthy of an epic battle for Hitler, who had withdrawn from a German-Soviet non-aggression pact in June 1941. German and Soviet forces and civilians engaged in fierce house-to-house fighting for 200 days starting in July 1942, during which time there were grueling aerial bombardments.
Stalin gave the Soviets explicit instructions to defend their positions. He commanded, “Not a single step back,” and threatened to shoot any soldiers who retreated.
German general Friedrich Paulus’ 6th Army was able to seize control of 90% of the city. But in November, the Red Army launched a fierce counteroffensive, defeating the German forces that had been encircled and left to starve in the Soviet winter.
The Soviet Union began a final onslaught in January 1943, taking back the destroyed city district by district until the last German troops surrendered on February 2, 1943.
All in all, the historical narrative, which asserts that Moscow must again fight European fascism, mirrors the arguments offered by President Vladimir Putin in February of last year when he launched the attack and vowed to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.