The Russian Air Force conducted a rehearsal of its annual flyby of the victory day on Wednesday, with a squad on Moscow’s Red Square performing a “Z” formation.
The symbol “Z” is associated with what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine and has become a symbol of Putin’s ongoing illegal invasion.
This Wednesday, a series of aircraft formations could be seen in the sky of the Russian capital before the Victory Day celebrations that are held annually in the country on May 9 to mark the country’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
The letter “Z” was initially seen painted on the side of a military vehicle, but can now be seen widely in Russia, including on official buildings, regular Russian cars, and on social media as a symbol. show support for the offense.
Victory Day is one of the most important holidays for many Russians and has traditionally seen Russia show off its military might with convoys of vehicles, weapons and troops parading through Moscow’s Red Square.
The Russian Defense Minister said that “this year, military parades will be held in 28 Russian cities”detailing that “about 65,000 people, about 2,400 types of weapons and military equipment and more than 460 planes will be mobilized.”
Possible parade in Mariupol
This Wednesday it transpired that, according to sources from the Ukrainian intelligence services, for Victory Day Russia is preparing a military parade in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol (southeast), besieged for weeks.
According to these sources, the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Kirilenkocame to Mariupol to prepare this parade.
“The main mission of the person in charge of Putin is to prepare the celebrations of May 9”, explained a statement from these intelligence services, the GUR, on the Telegram application.
Mariupol, port city, “will become a center of celebrations”, the statement says. “The main avenues of the city are being urgently cleared, debris and corpses are removed, as well as unexploded ordnance,” add the text.
Russian viewers will be able to see “the joy” of the residents of Mariupol when they see the Russians arrive in their city, he added. The holiday of May 9 always deserves a grand parade on the Red Square in Moscow.
According to the GUR, “a large-scale propaganda campaign is underway” among the city’s population, which now stands at between 100,000 and 120,000 people, up from half a million before the war.
The Russian defense minister did not mention the possibility of a parade in Mariupol.
Mariupol is practically under the control of the Russian army. Only the large Azovstal industrial complex, where the last Ukrainian fighters and civilians are entrenched, escapes Moscow’s military control.
On Tuesday, a Ukrainian commander of the Azov battalion, which defends this steel mill, said that Russian troops had launched the assault on the industrial plantan information denied by Moscow this Wednesday.
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