Vladimir Putin to send chilling ‘doomsday’ warning to west in May 9 victory parade – World News

There have been a number of reports that at the upcoming ‘Victory Day’ parades on May 9 Russian President Vladimir Putin will use it as an opportunity to call for all-out war against Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during last year’s victory day parade

Russian President Vladimir Putin will send a chilling “doomsday” warning to the west when he leads his country’s May 9 ‘Victory Day’ parades brandishing Russia’s vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.

The celebrations, which mark the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazy Germany, could be used to try and reignite the country’s stuttering invasion.

The parade will see Putin speak on the Red Square before a mass of troops, tanks, rockets and missiles.

During the speeches, Russia’s 11-80 “doomsday” command plane will do a fly-by for the first time since 2010.

The flying command center is built as a secret mobile base for Russia’s leaders during the event of nuclear war and its presence is thought to be a pointed reminder to western onlookers.







Russian military vehicles move through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow last year
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In that scenario, the Il-80 is designed to become the roaming command center for the Russian president. It is packed with technology but specific details are Russian state secrets.

The 69-year-old Kremlin leader has repeatedly likened the war in Ukraine to the challenge the Soviet Union faced when Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded in 1941.

The specifics of the plane aren’t quite known as they remain Russian state secrets.

Its fly over past St Basil’s Cathedral will also be joined by Tu-160 bombers which are supersonic capable.







Around 11,000 troops are expected to march during this year’s parade despite the fact a war is ongoing
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The 69-year-old Kremlin leader has repeatedly likened the war in Ukraine to the challenge the Soviet Union faced when Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded in 1941.

“The attempt to appease the aggressor on the eve of the Great Patriotic War turned out to be a mistake that cost our people dearly,” Putin said on Feb. 24 when he announced what he called a special military operation in Ukraine.

“We will not make such a mistake a second time, we have no right.”

Putin casts the war in Ukraine as a battle to protect Russian speakers there from persecution by Nazis and to guard against what he terms the US threat to Russia posed by NATO enlargement. Ukraine and the West dismiss the fascism claim as nonsense and say Putin is waging an unprovoked war of aggression.







There are fears the next stage of the war will be announced by Putin during the parade
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The Soviet Union lost 27 million people in World War Two, more than any other country, and Putin has railed in recent years at what Moscow sees as attempts in the West to revise the history of the war to belittle the Soviet victory.

Beside the 1812 defeat of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, the defeat of Nazi Germany is the Russians’ most revered military triumph, though both catastrophic invasions from the west left Russia deeply sensitive about its borders.

There have also been reports that Putin will use the day to call for all-out war against Ukraine, mobilizing Russian society.

Up until this point it has been referred to as the “special operation” in Ukraine, and the Russian media were even banned from using the word ‘war’ at one point.







Russian tanks and military vehicles drive down Tverskaya street during the Red Square Victory Day Parade rehearsals for this year’s march
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However, there are reports that, under pressure from hardliners within the Kremlin and military, Putin will go further with the war effort.

Despite efforts during the parade to cast it as a day of victory, Moscow’s ongoing struggling invasion of Ukraine will cast a long shadow over proceedings.

Tens of thousands have died since Russia invaded on February 24, with the Kremlin’s troops suffering the heaviest losses.

Nearly ten million people have been displaced and fled to neighboring countries and across Europe as fears of a wider confrontation between Russia and the west have been raised.







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Despite the 11,000 troops marching across the Red Square with 131 pieces of military hardware, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed gaping weaknesses in its armed forces.

This is despite efforts in the last few decades to modernize and improve the Russian armed forces.

Instead of achieving the lightning victory it hoped for, the Kremlin finds itself in a protracted conflict that has already seen it stage on major retreat and regrouping.

On top of that, the Russian economy has been hit by sanctions that left the country’s central bank scrambling to ease the impact of.







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Less than two decades ago, then US President George W. Bush joined Putin for the May 9 celebrations in Moscow.

Only weeks ago, a US official said it would like to see Russia weakened in the aftermath of invading Ukraine.

The US has ramped up support for Ukraine including supplying intelligence, such as reportedly telling Kyiv forces where Putin’s Black Sea flagship, Moskva, was.

On top of that it, along with other western nations, has supplied weaponry and military hardware.







Putin seen on the screen during the military parade at Red Square on May 9, 2021
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But Putin recently claimed that any arms supplies were legitimate targets.

Ahead of May 9, speculation swirled across Moscow and Western capitals that Putin was preparing some sort of special announcement on Ukraine, perhaps an outright declaration of war or even a national mobilisation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed those suggestions on Wednesday, describing them as “nonsense”.

The Kremlin did not comment on what Putin might say in his speech, to be delivered from the Red Square tribune in front of Vladimir Lenin’s Mausoleum.

Last year, Putin jabbed at Western exceptionalism and what he said was the rise of neo-Nazism and Russophobia – trends he has returned to again and again when addressing the issue of Ukraine.

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