2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade

Victory Parade in Russia
A tank commander saluting during the 2022 parade in Red Square, Moscow

The 2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade was held in Moscow's Red Square on 9 May 2022.

Events

Background

The parade was organised to commemorate the 77th anniversary of both the capitulation of Nazi Germany in the Second World War in 1945 and the historic Moscow Victory Parade of 1945.

Parade and situation

The parade took place amid the backdrop of 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. The parade was not broadcast on some platforms outside of Russia due to social media boycotts and sanctions in response to the invasion.[1][2]

Within Russia, anti-war slogans appeared on Russian satellite television[3] as well as on Lenta.ru, a pro-government news website, on Victory Day.[4][5]

According to the Russian state-owned TASS news agency, a number of foreign envoys from the Middle East and Africa attended the ceremony. Rodion Miroshnik, the ambassador to Russia from the Luhansk People's Republic (a pro-Russian breakaway region of Ukraine's Donbas region), addressed the crowd in Red Square.[6]

Speculations

There were some speculations that Vladimir Putin would use the occasion to make a formal declaration of war on Ukraine. However this did not occur throughout the day.[7][8]

Putin's speech

Russian president Vladimir Putin speaking at the parade

The Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the parade. The speech did not give any specifics regarding the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, and also did not refer to Ukraine by name in his speech. Putin condemned the Ukrainian government, the West and NATO, blaming their alleged aggressive actions for Russia's invasion and saying that NATO and the West was using Ukraine as a proxy to attack Russia. He also drew parallels between the current Ukrainian government and that of Nazi Germany,[9][10][11][12] praising Russia's military, saying that present troops were "fighting for the motherland, for her future, and so that nobody forgets the lessons of World War II".[13]

Preparatory Activities

Full order of the 2022 parade

Bold indicates first appearance, italic indicates multiple appearances, Bold and italic indicate returning appearance, all indicated unless otherwise noted.

Military bands

Infantry column

Mobile column

Air fly-past column

The air fly-past column was ostensibly cut from the 2022 Victory Day Parade due to weather, despite the ground portion of the parade taking place with good visibility and somewhat cloudy skies. [14]

See also

  • flagRussia portal
  • iconModern history portal

External links

  • The official website (May Parade)
  • The official website (June Parade)
  • LIVE: Victory parade takes place on Moscow's Red Square (ENGLISH)

References

  1. ^ Hooper, Craig. "With Victory Day Looming, The West Has 10 Days To Target Putin". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-05-29.
  2. ^ Dwoskin, Elizabeth; Zakrzewski, Cat; De Vynck, Gerrit (1 March 2022). "Major social media platforms ban Russian state media in Europe". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  3. ^ "'Blood on your hands': Anti-war slogans appear on Russian TV". Al Jazeera. Reuters. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Lenta.ru briefly filled with anti-war, anti-Putin content Two employees claimed responsibility for the protest". Meduza. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  5. ^ Sauer, Pjotr (9 May 2022). "'Paranoid dictator': Russian journalists fill pro-Kremlin site with anti-war articles". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Foreign envoys attend Russia's Victory Parade on Moscow's Red Square". TASS. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Putin may soon officially declare war on Ukraine, US and Western officials say". CNN.
  8. ^ "Putin Could Tighten Grip on Russia if He Declares War on Ukraine". NewsWeek.
  9. ^ Becatoros, Elena; Gambrell, Jon (9 May 2022). "No end in sight for Ukraine war as Putin hails Victory Day". AP News. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Russia marks WWII victory overshadowed by Ukraine". AP News. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Steve (9 May 2022). "Ukraine War: Putin gives few clues in Victory Day speech". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  12. ^ "'The West has decided to cancel these thousand-year-old values' An excerpt from Vladimir Putin's Victory Day speech". Meduza. 9 May 2022. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Putin Hails Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine at Russia's Victory Day Parade". The Moscow Times. 9 May 2022.
  14. ^ Hooper, Craig. "Purged! Russian Air Force Cut From 2022 Victory Day Parade". Forbes.com. Retrieved 3 October 2022.
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