May 9: Putin changes his tone during a parade in Moscow

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Will: Katja Thorwarth, Christian Stoer


Russia celebrates May 9 with a grand military parade and Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The celebrations in Moscow take place at 10 a.m. (CEST).

  • Putin addresses the people: President Vladimir Putin on May 8 draws a parallel with the victory over Nazi Germany.
  • Light military parade: Russian celebrations of May 9 and victory over Nazi Germany in Moscow will be smaller this year due to the war in Ukraine.
  • Military parade in Moscow: You can read all the information about the celebrations amid the Ukrainian conflict on May 9, 2022 in our ticker.

+++ 9.35 a.m.: Russian leaders canceled the air show during the Moscow military parade. “The aerial part will not take place because of the weather,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the official TASS news agency on Monday. Originally, 77 planes and helicopters were to take part in the military parade.

+++ 9:30 a.m.: The speech ends with the Russian national anthem. Putin announced no concrete action and changed his narrative. He referred to the unity of the nation, commemorated the victims and called Ukraine a “satellite state” of the United States. Putin always referred to the “liberation of Donbass”, and Ukraine as a whole was barely mentioned as the theater of his war of aggression. If you follow the speech, Putin’s goal is limited – to eastern Ukraine. Putin did not question Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Putin on May 9 at the military parade in Russia: invocation of cohesion

+++ 09:20: Putin addresses the Russian Armed Forces and “Donbass fighters”. They would fight for the future, at the same time he bowed to those who died in the “brutal bombardment of the Nazis”. The Kremlin boss emphasizes the “just fight” for Russia. A minute of silence is observed. Putin talks about the families of the soldiers who would be taken care of. Russia’s enemies want to “divide” the country, which hasn’t worked. The force would be made up of fighters “from many nations”.

+++ 09:10: The military parade has started in Moscow. Thousands of soldiers parade in Red Square. Now Vladimir Putin’s speech begins. He congratulates the “Day of the Great Victory”. These days were always sacred. Putin speaks of a Ukrainian “military provocation”, of arms deliveries by the West, of the threat against Russia of “Bandera supporters”.

On the occasion of the 77th anniversary, Russia - overshadowed by the war against Ukraine - celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany.
On the occasion of the 77th anniversary, Russia – overshadowed by the war against Ukraine – celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany. © Alexander Zemlianitchenko/dpa

May 9 military parade: the parades have begun

+++ 08:15: 77 years after the end of World War II, Russia celebrated the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany with the first military parades in the far east of the country. In the Far Eastern peninsula of Kamchatka, on the island of Sakhalin, in the peaceful city of Vladivostok and elsewhere, hundreds of soldiers took part in parades commemorating the Great Patriotic War. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow released numerous photos on Monday – in Vladivostok, WWII tanks of the T-34 also drove into the column.

Twenty-eight parades were planned across the country, with the largest by far being the one in the capital Moscow at 9:00 a.m. local time (10:00 a.m. CEST).

Military parade on May 9 in Russia: Putin’s speech is expected

Update for Monday, May 9, 6:35 a.m.: Russia is holding its traditional military parade on Monday (08:00 CEST) in the capital Moscow to commemorate the end of World War II and victory over Nazi Germany. Thousands of troops are said to have marched through Moscow’s Red Square for the occasion, followed by tanks, rocket launchers and fighter jets flying overhead. President Vladimir Putin is expected to deliver a speech.

In it, he could also make new announcements related to Ukraine. Among other things, a general mobilization is to be feared.

May 9 military parade: “Like 1945, victory will be ours”

+++ 5:38 p.m.: During the exercises of the military parade of May 9 in Moscow, one thing is essential: the symbol Z is omnipresent. As a photo shows, a group of fighter jets will fly in a Z-formation over Red Square in Moscow. According to the Moscow Times, even more planes are taking part in the parade this year than last year.

Rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9.
Rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9. © Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/dpa

+++ 1:35 p.m.: As for Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed confidence in victory and drew parallels with World War II. “As in 1945, victory will be ours,” Putin said on Sunday. “Today, like their ancestors, our soldiers are fighting shoulder to shoulder to liberate their homeland from Nazi filth.”

“Unfortunately, today Nazism is raising its head again,” the Russian president said in a passage addressed to Ukrainians. “Our sacred duty is to prevent the ideological heirs of those who have been defeated” from taking “revenge”. He wished all residents of Ukraine a “peaceful and just future”.

Moscow is preparing for a military parade on May 9 – photos from the Russian capital

+++ 1:10 p.m.: At the military parade marking the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, 2,000 fewer soldiers are expected than last year due to Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against the Ukraine. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the number of military vehicles has been reduced by a third this year. According to the Russian news portal The Moscow Times, which criticizes the Kremlin, the reason given by international observers is the massive losses suffered by the Russian army in the war in Ukraine.

According to forecasts, however, the symbolism that justifies the war of aggression of the Russian armed forces against Ukraine and propagates it as a success could be all the more clear. For example, an air show is expected in which Russian military aircraft will form the letter “Z”, which has been a pro-war symbol since the start of the war. “Speeches will focus on demonstrating parallels between the fight against Nazi Germany and Russia’s ‘unique’ engagement against a Nazi movement in Ukraine,” predicts Allyson Edwards, a Russian policy researcher at Britain’s University of Warwick.

May 9, marked by the war in Ukraine: Putin will speak in Moscow

Edwards also believes that the visibility of the traditional event could also be used to recruit more Russian soldiers for the front in Ukraine and to boost public confidence in the legitimacy of the war: according to Edwards, Russians should be motivated to “take the exploits and victories of their ancestors”.

Update Sunday, May 8, 7:35 a.m.: Putin wants to speak at the traditional big military parade in Moscow on Monday, the Russian “Day of Victory” over Nazi Germany. He is expected to set the course for the two-and-a-half-month war against Ukraine. As a result, fears of an increase in Russian airstrikes linked to the Moscow holiday are growing in Ukraine. In cities close to the front, such as Odessa, a curfew is to be applied for two days.

Military parade despite the war in Ukraine: May 9 would be “the most watched parade in years”.

+++ 2:50 p.m.: Moscow is preparing for the annual May 9 military parade. But this year, the selection of weapons that will be displayed on the streets of the capital will probably be much smaller than in previous years. This is mainly due to the war in Ukraine. The website, which relies on observers of the exercises in Moscow, first reported it.

Update for Saturday, May 7, 10:14 a.m.: Preparations in Moscow for the May 9 military parade are in full swing. The date marks one of the most important holidays in the country. This year, the traditional military parade through Moscow due to the war in Ukraine will become the “most watched parade in years”, according to experts from the Moscow Times. Hundreds of soldiers and several tanks can be seen in footage from the capital.

May 9 in Russia: Will Putin officially declare a state of war?

Erstmeldung vom 06. May: Moscow – The show is well known. Every year on May 9, the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Hitler’s Germany, Russia shows its military might. The year of the Ukrainian War, the day has special significance for Vladimir Putin and the nation.

The President’s speech in Red Square in Moscow is awaited with great emotion. For a long time, experts believed that Putin would declare an end to the war in Ukraine on May 9. But Putin’s army is still far from successful. As a precaution, the Russian Foreign Minister has already dismissed all speculation: “Our army will not artificially align its actions with any date,” Sergei Lavrov recently told Italian television channel Mediaset.

Another option seems more likely. Putin could officially declare war on Ukraine and order general mobilization. British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace even suspects Putin of wanting to declare the campaign in Ukraine a global war against the “Nazis”. The only thing that is certain is that Putin will warn the United States and NATO against attacks on Russia.

May 9 in Russia: Moscow wants to present new rocket launchers during a military parade

Military parades are scheduled for May 9 in 28 Russian cities. During the country’s largest march in Moscow, 11,000 soldiers are to march, tanks, rockets and the latest war equipment are to be presented. “For the first time, modern Tornado-G multiple rocket launchers with a caliber of 122 millimeters and equipped with automatic control and fire control systems will roll on Red Square in the motorized column,” the Minister of Defense announced. Defense, Sergei Shoigu, according to a report by the Interfax agency.

During an air show, fighter jets, long-range bombers and the Ilyushin Il-80, known as the “doomsday aircraft”, are to take off. The flying command post is designed to be used in the event of a nuclear war, if the command centers on the ground no longer work. (cs/ktho/dpa)

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