On the far eastern peninsula of Kamchatka, on the island of Sakhalin, in the Pacific city of Vladivostok and in other places, hundreds of soldiers took part in parades commemorating the Great Patriotic War. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow published numerous photos on Monday – in Vladivostok the World War II tanks from the T-34 also drove in the column.
Twenty-eight parades were planned across the country, with by far the largest being in the capital Moscow at 9:00 a.m. CEST (10:00 a.m. local time). A speech by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin , the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces, on Red Square was eagerly awaited. Putin is also likely to comment on the war against Ukraine . The Kremlin does not speak of war, but of a “special military operation”. This time, no foreign heads of state will be guests at the parade. The inner city, secured by a large contingent of uniformed men, resembled a fortress.
During the parade, tanks and other combat technology as well as rockets that can be equipped with nuclear warheads roll across Red Square and through the metropolis. An air show was also planned. Eight fighter jets are said to form the letter “Z” in the sky, which is the official symbol of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. Soldiers involved in the war of aggression congratulated “Victory Day” in a video released by the Defense Ministry this morning.
On May 8, 1945, the Second World War in Europe came to an end with the surrender of the German Wehrmacht. Russia celebrates its most important holiday on May 9th with the “Day of Victory” over Nazi Germany.
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