Amid Tensions: President Putin Assesses Russia’s Military Strength – President Vladimir Putin speaks of Russia’s military might on Victory Day amid tensions with the West.
Amid Tensions: President Putin Assesses Russia’s Military Strength
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The parade in Moscow, marking the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, is a day of longing for millions of Russians.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a military parade on Sunday to commemorate his country’s victory in World War II. This year, the Russian military held a patriotic parade.
According to Reuters, more than 12,000 troops, more than 190 pieces of military equipment, including launchers for intercontinental ballistic missiles, and about 80 fast-flying warplanes took part in the parade in Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 76th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II It was Cloudy.
Putin, who has ruled as president or prime minister since 1999, stood next to veterans of the Soviet war at a viewing platform set up in Red Square.
This year’s parade comes ahead of the parliamentary elections in September. This is a time when relations between Moscow and the West are particularly tense due to issues such as the conflict in Ukraine and the fate of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who is in prison.
In recent months, the United States and Russia have expelled diplomats from each other’s countries as part of a series of retaliatory measures. Similar diplomatic wrangling is also taking place between Moscow and EU member states.
“Unfortunately, people who are obsessed with the delusion about the exclusivity of Nazi ideology are trying to spread it again. And not only by (various) extremists and international terrorist organizations,” Putin said.
Sunday’s parade came after a major display of Russian military power near Ukraine’s borders and in Crimea, which was annexed from Kyiv in 2014, and intensifying fighting in eastern Ukraine between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
Moscow insisted that the military update was an exercise against the NATO-Ukraine military alliance.
On Sunday, smaller military parades were held in the Russian-annexed city of Crimea and at Russia’s Khmeimim airbase in Syria.