Monday was a very special day for Russia. May 9 is known as Russia’s Victory Day and it seems Russian President Vladimir Putin took the opportunity to warn the likes of NATO and the U.S. against challenging his country.
This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Russian victory against the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War from 1941 to 1945. As tradition dictates, a Victory Day Parade was held, which was participated in by as much as 10,000 people.
They were made up of officers and soldiers from various branches of the Russian military as well as students from military academies like Suvorov and Nakhimov. Meanwhile, the parade also featured female military service personnel from the Military University for the first time.
Behind these troops were what Russia referred to as its “military hardware.” A sizeable show of might, the parade featured 130 pieces from the Russian military arsenal.
These included Tigr multipurpose vehicles, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles, Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, and Buk-M2, Pantsir-S, Yars air defense systems as well as both T-90 and Armata tanks.
In the air, Russia’s military planes and fighter jets also took to the sky. These included the military transport helicopter Mi-26; Mi-8AMTSh helicopters; Mi-28H Night Hunter; the Ka-52 Alligator; the Mi-35; the An-124–100 Ruslan; Su-24 and Su-34 bombers; Su-25 attack planes; the MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter aircraft; the new multipurpose Su-35C fighter planes; the MiG-31 interceptor aircraft; the Il-78 refuelling tanker as well as the Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 long-range bombers.
During the Victory Day Reception, Putin remarked that the special occasion ” represents our pride and our readiness to defend this country’s interests.”
Moreover, it also serves as a “stern warning to all who would consider challenging” Russia. Later on, during the Victory Day parade, Putin also stressed that ” double standards as well as shortsighted indulgence of those who nurture criminal plans are impermissible.”
Meanwhile, the Russian president also renewed his commitment against terrorism. In fact, to combat it, he may have just said that he is wiling to work with both the U.S. and NATO. Later on in his remarks, Putin said, ” Russia is open to joining efforts with all states and is ready to work on creating a modern, non-aligned system of international security.”