Vladimir Putin imagined a very different scenario. The war in Ukraine was to end on May 9, the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazism. But this Monday the celebrations for the victory day they will be different. With a more limited war scenarioall eyes will be on the Russian president’s announcements about the new course of the conflict.
While Ukraine denounces the death of 60 civilians in a Russian bombing of a school Lugansk, in the pro-Russian separatist region of Donbas, Russia will celebrate the new anniversary with a military parade in Moscow’s Red Square.
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According to The Moscow Times, the event will feature significantly fewer soldiers and equipment compared to last year. The reason? The losses suffered in the ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine.
“The reduction of the parade shows that the Russian government is aware of the losses and is trying to manage how to deal with them,” he opined. Aglaya Snetkovexpert on Russian foreign policy at University College London.
The traditional parades are usually used by Moscow to promote national unity and show its military power, but unlike other years it is expected that this new anniversary will serve to reorient the conflict. In Moscow, the transcended oscillate between a general mobilization for an open war or the announcement of a popular consultation for the annexation to Russia of the separatist republics of Lugansk and Dontetk.
How will the parade on Moscow’s Red Square for Victory Day
The few news about the events are filtered by dropper. For example, a group of fighter jets is expected to fly over central Moscow in the shape of a “Z”, the characteristic letter that appears on Russian military vehicles in Ukraine.
The Moscow Times He assured that the number of planes that will participate in the parade will be greater than last year, although the number of troops and infantry teams will be smaller.
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In 2021, 191 military vehicles and some 12,000 troops participated. But this year there will be 129 military vehicles and 10,000 troops, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
“Speeches will focus on drawing parallels between the Soviet Union’s war against Nazi Germany and how Russia is ‘alone’ in its fight against contemporary Nazism in Ukraine,” he said. Allyson Edwardsan expert on Russian militarism from the University of Warwick in Great Britain quoted by the independent Moscow publication
The absence of foreign leaders in the parade for Victory Day
On this occasion, Victory Day will not have the presence of foreign leaders. Moscow said it did not issue invitations, but did not mention the war in support of its decision. The official answer is that it is not a round anniversary.
While, Ukraine fears that a new military offensive will be announced on May 9 in its territory. In fact, the port city of Odessa is under strict curfew in fear of new attacks.
“Everyone is waiting for something to happen, both Putin’s enemies and his supporters. These expectations created a vacuum that must be filled. If not, Putin will lose politically,” he told the BBC the analyst Abbas Gallyamov.
Ukraine and Russia accuse each other of being Nazis
Meanwhile, in the field of dialectics, Ukraine and Russia accused each other of being Nazis.
”Several decades after World War II, darkness returned to Ukraine. In another form, under other slogans, but under the same objective. In Ukraine they have made a bloody reconstruction of Nazism”, denounced the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyin a message broadcast on his Telegram account.
The Ukrainian president accused the Kremlin of “fanatically imitating” the Nazi regime. Russia has copied Nazi “ideas, actions, words and symbols” and repeats in its country the crimes of Hitler in an attempt to surpass him to establish a new record of xenophobia, hatred, racism and victims”, he indicated.
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Moscow’s response was in similar tones. In a message to the leaders and peoples of several former Soviet countries, among which he addressed the Ukrainian people, Putin warned about “the inadmissibility of the revenge of the ideological heirs of those who were defeated in the Great Patriotic War.”
”Our common duty is to prevent the revival of Nazism, which brought so much suffering to the people of various countries. It is necessary to preserve and transmit (…) the truth about the events of the war, the common spiritual values and the traditions of friendship and brotherhood, “said the president, quoted by the Kremlin.
For Putin, Nazism is embodied in Ukraine in the ultra-nationalist forces that have gained space in the Ukrainian Army and that counts among its greatest exponents the Azov Battalion, which has stood out in the current conflict for its resistance in the city of Mariupol.