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Russia’s Victory Parade celebrated annually on May 9 to commemorate the anniversary of the USSR’s defeat by the Nazis in World War II could be embarrassing for President Vladimir Putin, reports have warned.
The parade in Moscow has traditionally become a show of military power and might for Russia, but after the conflict in Ukraine and the losses Russia has suffered, the parade may seem much more sparse.
There will be fewer soldiers, armored vehicles, tanks and self-propelled artillery vehicles and, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, there will be no T-80BVM tanks, Solntsepek flamethrower equipment or Pantsir-S anti-aircraft systems due to their continued use. in the conflict.
Compared to the 191 military vehicles that paraded last year, about 130 vehicles will be on display this year.
Meanwhile, 2,000 fewer service members will participate in this year’s parade compared to last year’s 12,000.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the lack of military equipment at the parade demonstrates how badly the Russian military has suffered in the war.
He said: “Yes, they still have missiles to hit on our territory, but this war has already weakened Russia so much that they have to plan even less military equipment for the parade in Moscow.”
Kazakh commentator Sulushash Magzieva even said that Putin’s conflict with Ukraine had destroyed and “evaporated” the “mirage” of Russian military strength in former Soviet states.