Putin appears in public for the first time since the Ukraine invasion.

Vladimir V. Putin addressed tens of thousands of Russians at Moscow's largest stadium on Friday.

His first public appearance since he ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine.

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin's stated justifications for going to war in Ukraine.

The false claim that the country is run by Nazis, was plastered all over the Luzhniki arena.

Russians, Putin said as he entered the stage, "have not had such unity in a long time."

The official purpose of the event was to commemorate the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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