“The composition of the Victory Day parade on Red Square reflects the material and tactical communication difficulties faced by the (Russian) military after 15 months of war in Ukraine,” he said, before specifying that “their more than 8,000 personnel participated in the parade, but the majority were auxiliaries, paramilitary forces and cadets from military training centres.”
Thus, he states that “the only personnel in the deployable formations of the regular forces were railway troops and contingents of military police.” According to a series of messages published by the British Ministry of Defense through its account on the social network Twitter, “an outdated T-34 from a ceremonial unit was the only tank in the parade.”
“Despite heavy losses in Ukraine, Russia could have introduced more armored vehicles,” he explained, “but officials have probably refrained from doing so because they want to avoid internal criticism for prioritizing parades over combat operations.” Are”.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, during his speech during the parade, denounced that the country is the victim of a “real war” and blamed the West for “forgetting” those who defeated Nazi troops in World War II. “A real war is being waged against our homeland,” before accusing the “Western global elite,” who assert their political “exclusivity” and “cause bloody conflicts and coups.”
Victory Day parades have historically served to show off some of Russia’s military might, although this year there was no air show and no major display of tanks. In contrast, there were armored cars, as well as S-400 air defense systems and Yars-type intercontinental missiles.