Vladimir Putin has been mocked for Russia’s scaled-down Victory Parade – with only one tank.
Cheers rang out in Red Square, with a gun salute and the Russian national anthem, although there was a reduced display of military hardware – and no aviation. Only one tank participated showing the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on the Kremlin’s military resources.
Putin said Russians were united in a “sacred” fight with the West against Ukraine that would end in victory, and accused the United States and its allies of forgetting the Soviet victory over the Nazis in World War II. World.
However, viewers from around the world took to social media to mock the Kremlin leader.
One user said: “Only one tank was shown in this year’s Victory Day parade! Putin’s traditional show of strength serves to expose the extent of Russia’s weakness.
Another added: “If you look closely Putin is crying… because this is his last tank.”
“There are no tanks, no planes, no helicopters, nothing … Putin has now left. It’s really embarrassing for Russia,” said a third.
According to military analyst Oliver Alexander, Russia had to borrow 10 Remdiesel Ahmat Z-STS from Ramzan Kadyrov to participate in the parade.
He said: “There is no reason for Ukraine to do anything in the parade. The Russian military is perfectly capable of humiliating itself.
“I’m surprised they can’t drag one of the T-14s to the parade.”
No Western leaders attended Tuesday’s parade, which was reduced in size and came less than a week after Russia said Ukraine had attacked the Kremlin with two drones in an attempt to kill Putin. Kyiv denies any involvement.
Putin said that “Western globalist elites” are spreading Russophobia and aggressive nationalism, while the Ukrainian people have become “hostages of a coup d’état” and of Western ambitions.
Putin said that the memory of World War II is sacred and pays tribute to those who fought against the Nazis, including the armies of the United States and Britain, and also in China’s fight against the Japanese.
“We want to see a peaceful, free and stable future,” Mr Putin said, adding that memorials to Soviet soldiers had been destroyed in many countries.
“We reject international terrorism, we will protect the inhabitants of Donbas (in eastern Ukraine), we will ensure our security,” said Mr Putin, who was joined in Red Square by the leaders of several ex-Soviet republics.
He did not address the challenges Russia faces as its forces prepare for an expected major counteroffensive in Ukraine, or outline any path to victory.
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