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Putin will have no victory to brag about as Russia remembers its war heroes tomorrow

The Russian calendar holds Victory Day in a sacred place.

After the end of the cold war, the Russians don’t have any ideologies that they can rally behind.

It is the largest country in the world, and it is also geographically and culturally diverse. Its people all agree on one point: the importance of this day to remember those who died in the Great Patriotic War.

Not least, 27 million Soviet citizens, including eight and a quarter million soldiers, were killed in the great struggle against Nazi Germany.

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Each Russian family has a relative they will always remember. The national trauma permanently etched the vulnerability of Russia’s western flank to intruders for an entire nation, just as the war with France did in the century preceding.

The parade of tanks, planes, and soldiers this year will be of immense significance. The world will be closely watching Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to this challenge.

For years, he has been telling his people that they have the best army in the entire world. He claims that the men and material being paraded through Moscow every year are an envy to rival countries. They possess weapons that no one else has.

He also told them that the army was being used in a special military operation in Ukraine.

This operation has been ongoing for over two and a quarter months. Russians will be interested in what has been accomplished. What are the results of Russia’s first arms test?

Sky News was informed by Mikhail Rubin, a journalist from Proekt. He said that Putin has made the Second World War victory central to his rule.

He is a populist classic. He stated that the only ideology Russian authorities had in the past 20 years was victory over Nazism 1945, which is very important for the Russian people.”

Image: Russian soldiers dress up for the Victory Day military parade. Pic by AP

Putin has interwoven Russia’s war against Germany with Ukraine. Literally. This year, the Russian security forces patrolling Moscow have the orange-black ribbon that was used in previous years to remember Victory Day sewn in the Z symbol of the Russian military in Ukraine.

The dates 2022 and 1945 are emblazoned on banners throughout the capital.

Russians will be able to see the parade and recall the sacrifices and glories of the past as they wonder about the achievements in Ukraine.

Rubin says, “On the Victory Day, he must say something about victory.” He will probably lie about the campaign’s success, because people expect a successful campaign.

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Image: Troops march in preparation for the Victory Day military parade. Pic by AP

Others anticipate Putin to do more to increase the war and go even further. Putin could declare war, announce a general mobilization and place his country on a military footing. However, Rubin and other observers say that this would bring about political peril.

Putin would die if he said something about a massive campaign asking the Russian population to participate in the war. This would be completely different from what he has said in the past few months. He would be dead.

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