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Is it that big of a deal? – The Victory Day military parades in Russia are being cancelled

The governor of the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine, canceled the local Victory Day military parade on the grounds that he does not want to “provoke” the Ukrainians by concentrating a large number of soldiers and military equipment in one place.

No one wants to risk it

he declared Vyacheslav Gladkov.

In the Kursk region, which also borders Ukraine, the Victory Day commemorations were also canceled for “security reasons”.

Today, the safety of our compatriots is the priority, which is why we decided to cancel the May 9 parade and fireworks

– written by Roman Starovoytgovernor of the Kursk region.

However, it is striking that last year, despite the war, the Victory Day military parades were held in both regions. According to analysts, the reason for the cancellations could be rather that

Russia lacks a sufficient number of assets for large-scale military pageantry, primarily tanks and other armored vehicles.

On the Crimean peninsula, the May 9 celebrations have already been cancelled. Dmitry Peskov A Kremlin spokesman said that the Victory Day military parade is planned to be held on Moscow’s Red Square, with increased security measures in place.

Cover photo: Victory Day military parade on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9, 2022. Tian Bing/China News Service via Getty Images