Moscow is planning a massive display of military capabilities for a Victory Day parade scheduled for this Friday, May 9, in Moscow’s Red Square, to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. Significantly, an important celebration will also be held in Crimea, which recently rejoined the Russian Federation, and there are reports that President Putin will travel to Crimea that day for the occasion.
In Moscow, 69 warplanes and helicopters, various anti-missile defense systems, 149 military vehicles and over 11,000 troops will be on parade—the largest such show since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union. Defense Minister Shoigu has meanwhile announced a major strengthening of the Black Sea fleet based in Sevastopol, with SAMS, new submarines, and other ships.
Russian officials and media have been clear about the parallel with today’s crisis in Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated, after this week’s Council of Europe, meeting, that: “Those who indulge the ideology and the practice of fascism cannot be justified, even if they were politicians enjoying the protection of the enlightened western democracies.” RIA Novosti elaborated on the reference: “The incumbent government (of Ukraine) comprises members of the notorious neo-Nazi Svoboda party as an active promoter of unltranationlist ideas. Its members follow ideas of Stepan Bandera who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II and is known for atrocitires committed during the wartime ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews and Russians.”
A Reuters wire fretted: “The next few days could prove decisive: separatists in the eastern Donbass region (of Ukraine) say they will hold a referendum on secession on Sunday May 11, similar to the one that preceded Russia’s annexation of Crimea,” which the State Department dismissed by saying that “no civilized nation will recognize the results.” Reuters continues: “Two days before the vote, Friday May 9, is the annual Victory Day holiday celebrating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany. Moscow has been openly comparing the government in Kiev to the Nazis.”
Sweden’s disgusting Foreign Minster Carl Bildt was even more direct in his attempt to taunt Russia in a tweet yesterday: “Russia sometimes sounds as if it’s re-fighting WW2. Fascism all over the place. Enemies everywhere. Ghosts of history mobilized,” Reuters reported.