The British military intelligence candle cancellation of several of the Traditional events and parades for Victory Daynext May 9, as a sample of the weakness of Russia.
In its latest assessment of the conflict, the British Ministry of Defense stressed that Moscow fears being exposed to potential drone strikesas happened this week against the Kremlin, at a time when their defense capacity is limited.
“The timing of the UAV attack on the Kremlin a few days before Victory Day shows the Russia’s increasing vulnerability to such attacks and the threat perception of the Russian leadership of the Victory Day events has almost certainly increased.they wrote.
Following this, six regions of the country -among them, the crimea busy and 21 cities– have canceled their parades claiming “security reasons” and recently added to the list the reception of the Russian presidentVladimir Putin, after the parade – which was last held in 2019.
“It is likely that the Victory Day celebration in Moscow will take place but on a smaller scale” and with a significant reinforcement of security measuresThey added from the British Defense portfolio.
the governor of Saratov -600 kilometers from the border- announced this Tuesday that its streets would not be dressed for a party, in line with the April announcement by his counterpart in crimea who communicated that together with “the hero city of Sevastopol the decision was made not to carry out (…) the military parade on May 9.”
For their part, the authorities of kursk, belgorod, Voronezh, Oryol and pskov They had publicized their decision some time before.
The traditional one was added to the list of cancellations March of the Immortal Regimentin which family members display photographs of veterans who died during World War II, and the International Army Games.
Victory Day commemorates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in 1945 and has become a centerpiece of Vladimir Putin’s vision of Russian identity. Even the parades are, for the Kremlin, the perfect opportunity to flaunt military might of modern Russia.
However, the date seems not to come at a time when Moscow has a lot to expose.
The protracted war in Ukraine, the results of which have not been as expected, and which has gone on longer than expected -even more than the country can handle under optimal conditions- have forced Putin to move more prudently.
“We are aware that the kyiv regime, which is behind a series of terrorist attacks, plans to continue its line. All our special services do everything necessary to guarantee security,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Tuesday, referring to the attempted drone attack on the Kremlin overnight, with the aim of assassinating the President.
“Tonight the Kiev regime tried to hit the residence of the President of the Russian Federation with unmanned aerial vehicles,” they indicated and underlined that it was a “terrorist act” promoted by Ukraine and its allies.
(With information from Europa Press)
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