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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.
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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.
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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.
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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