Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending “Doomsday” to Russia’s Victory Day parade to warn the West. A parade will be held on Monday to mark the 7th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Russia will display its vast arsenal at the parade while fighting in Ukraine. The British news agency Reuters reported.
Despite being torn apart by the West over its invasion of Ukraine, reckless Putin will address troops in Red Square. The exercise will include Russian troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles
The Russian Defense Ministry said the parade would include a fly-past over St. Basil’s Cathedral. Supersonic warplanes, TU-160 strategic bombers will take part in it. Besides, for the first time since 2010, II-70 ‘Doomsday’ command aircraft will take part in the exercise. The plane will carry Russia’s top military officials during a nuclear war.
During the nuclear war, the II-70 will become the Russian president’s mid-air command center. It has the latest technology. But the exact details of Russia’s state secrecy.
Putin, a 69-year-old Russian leader, has repeatedly claimed that the war in Ukraine is similar to the situation created by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.
In announcing the launch of a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, Putin said that “trying to stop the aggressors during the Great Patriotic War proved to be a mistake, and that many of our people had to pay a high price.” The second time we will not make such a mistake. We have no right to make such a mistake.
Putin has called the ongoing war in Ukraine a battle to free the Russian-speaking people from Nazi oppression and to fight the US threat to Russia over NATO expansion. Ukraine and the West have dismissed allegations of fascism as meaningless, saying Putin has waged a war of aggression without provocation.
World War II claimed the lives of 26 million people in the Soviet Union. Which is more than any other country in that war. Over the past few years, Putin has been criticized by the West for trying to correct history in order to shorten the Soviet victory.
Russia’s biggest military victory was defeating Nazi Germany in World War II, except for the defeat of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. After two catastrophic attacks by the West, Russia became much more sensitive to its own borders.
The war in Ukraine will be a long shadow to celebrate Russia’s Victory Day. Thousands of people have been killed in the ongoing war and about 10 million people have fled their homes. As a result, Russia is almost isolated by Western sanctions. There are growing fears that Russia and the United States, two of the world’s largest nuclear powers, could escalate into a full-blown conflict.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 11,000 troops will take part in the Victory Day parade in Red Square. It will display 131 military equipment.
Despite Putin’s efforts over the past two decades to stem the tide of Soviet collapse, the weakness of Russia’s armed forces in the Ukraine war has become apparent. Russia could not win the war quickly and the country’s economy was crippled by sanctions. As a result, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Moscow fell into a deep contraction.
Less than two decades ago, Putin was accompanied by US President George W. Bush at a May 9 celebration in Moscow. This time around, however, the Kremlin says no Western leader has been invited this year.
The United States and its allies have stepped up arms supplies to Ukraine. At the same time, Russian military officials are urging Putin to allow the use of powerful weapons in Ukraine. Two sources in the armed forces told Reuters this information. Moscow says Western arms shipments to Ukraine are legitimate targets for them.
On May 9, speculation spread in Moscow and the Western capitals that Putin was preparing to make a special announcement about Ukraine. The idea was that Putin could declare a formal war or call for national unity.
On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the notion. He described the idea as “absurd”. However, the Kremlin did not say what Putin would say in a speech in Red Square.
For the past year, Putin has been critical of Western exceptions. At the same time, while talking about Ukraine, he repeatedly mentioned that neo-Nazism and anti-Russian sentiment were returning.