Russia has cut its military parade on May 9, Victory Day, by nearly 35%.
Victory Day, which marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, aims to demonstrate Russian military prowess.
This year’s slimmed-down parade will show Russia’s awareness of losses in Ukraine, according to The Moscow Times.
Russia has cut its military parade on May 9 by nearly 35%, according to Forbes.
The annual parade across Red Square, which marks the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, is usually a showpiece of Russian military might.
But Forbes reported that this year’s slimmed-down affair, set to take place on Monday, is more likely to highlight the country’s military weakness in Ukraine.
There will be only 129 military vehicles and 10,000 personnel, compared to about 191 military vehicles and about 12,000 military personnel in 2021, according to information published by the Russian Defense Ministry, according to The Moscow Times.
The usual contingent of Rosvgardia troops will be absent, Forbes reported, as many fight in Ukraine. The number of Russian infantry fighting vehicles, or Kurganets-25, taking part in the parade has been reduced by 50%, media said.
According to The Moscow Times, fewer tanks will be seen, probably because Ukraine destroyed hundreds.
Russia puts 15 helicopters on parade service, down from 23 in 2021, after the loss of planes in Ukraine, Forbes reported.
An expert told The Moscow Times that the downsizing is linked to Russia’s military failure in its deadly invasion of Ukraine.
“The reduction of the parade shows that the Russian government is aware of the losses” [in Ukraine] and trying to manage how to deal with it,” Aglaya Snetkov, an expert on Russian foreign policy at University College London, said in an interview with The Moscow Times.
Ukraine claims “colossal” Russian losses occurred in their attempt to take the Donbas region completely. Figures are difficult to verify, but some estimates put the Russian death toll at more than 20,000 since the invasion began.
Western officials have suggested that the Kremlin could use the Victory Day parade to declare all-out war on Ukraine or to announce general mobilization. Russia denies this.
Each announcement comes at a time when Putin is trying to redouble Russia’s offensive, according to the CIA director, Insider reported.
And the Russian leader is expected to try to boost morale by using the war symbol “Z” during the parade and delivering speeches drawing parallels between the war in Ukraine and the defeat of Nazism, according to The Moscow Times.
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