Putin, defying the extreme isolation imposed by the West, will speak in Red Square, before a parade of soldiers, tanks, missiles and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Russian Defense Ministry said a parade flight over St. Basil’s Cathedral will involve “Tu-160” supersonic fighters and strategic bombers, and for the first time since 2010, will include the “L-80” command aircraft known as “Doomsday”. “. “, which will lead the senior officers. In the event of a nuclear war.
The plane was designed to become the Russian president’s flight command center should such a scenario occur, and it is rich in technology, but the details of that specifically are a Russian state secret.
Putin, 69, has often compared the war in Ukraine to the challenge the Soviet Union faced when Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany invaded his country in 1941.
On February 24, announcing the military offensive in Ukraine, Putin said: “The attempt to appease the aggressor on the eve of the Great Patriotic War turned out to be a mistake that our people paid dearly for. mistake again. There is no justification for it.
The Soviet Union lost 27 million people in World War II, more than any other country. In recent years, Putin has denounced what Moscow sees as attempts in the West to alter the history of the war to devalue the Soviet victory.
Along with the defeat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France in 1812, the defeat of Nazi Germany stands as the most revered military victory, although both disastrous invasions from the West made Russia very sensitive to its borders.