‘Doomsday’: Putin hopes to deter West with nuclear-themed WWII parade

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As Russian soldiers, tanks and military vehicles carrying ballistic missiles take part in a military parade next week, Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes the display sends a ‘doomsday’ warning to Europe and the United States , according to a report.

The World War II parade, which Russia celebrates on May 9 each year, marks the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in Europe, when the Allied powers defeated Nazi Germany, and takes place when countries around the world are seeking to stop the Russian invasion of Ukraine. .

The military display will also include supersonic jets, Tu-160 bombers and the Ilyushin Il-80 – known as Russia’s “doomsday” plane that carries top administration officials in the event of a nuclear war, said reported Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen aboard a ship during the military parade marking Russian Navy Day, July 25, 2021, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  (Covid19 pandemic. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen aboard a ship during the military parade marking Russian Navy Day, July 25, 2021, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Covid19 pandemic. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

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The “Flying Kremlin” plane, as it is also known, clearly has no windows except for those at the front of the plane and has been seen in Moscow in recent days, taking part in low-level rehearsal flights for the VE Day parade, Daily Mail reported.

This year will be the first time Russia has included the Soviet-era aircraft in the annual military display since 2010, according to the report.

Russian servicemen march along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Russian servicemen march along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9, 2021. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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The theme of nuclear preparedness and international deterrence will also appear in Russia’s use of the Tu-95MS and Tu-160 “White Swan” missile carriers, as well as the Su-57 fighter and Tu long-range bombers. -22M3, Daily Mail reported.

A Russian T-90M tank (front) and other military vehicles drive along the Garden Ring Road towards Red Square for a rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 4 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

A Russian T-90M tank (front) and other military vehicles drive along the Garden Ring Road towards Red Square for a rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 4 2022. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine will also be mentioned in the parade as eight MiG-29SMTs intend to fly in the shape of the letter “Z”, which has become a symbol of the Russian military, according to The report.

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The military parade, which will still include tens of thousands of people and hundreds of aircraft in 28 Russian cities, has been greatly reduced as Russian forces have waged war in Ukraine for more than 70 days, causing heavy casualties for the Russia and incalculable damage to the country.

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