Yesterday, on May 9, 2022, Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. In all cities and town of the vast country solemn ceremonies and festive events were held. All those whose ancestors contributed to the victory, who shares the pride to be the heirs of victors and who wanted to show they didn’t forget the great feat of their grandfathers, joined the celebration in different parts of the world.
President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, attended a military parade to commemorate the 77th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The parade was hosted by the Minister of Defense, Army General Sergei Shoigu, commanded by the Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, Army General Oleg Salyukov.
As part of a walking column, 33 parade crews consisting of officers, sergeants and soldiers of all types and branches of the Armed Forces, representatives of other law enforcement agencies, cadets and pupils of military educational institutions, soldiers of the Youth Army, Cossacks passed through Red Square. This year, the ceremonial block of female servicemen was presented by cadets of six military educational institutions.
The mechanized column was headed by the legendary “Victory Tank” T-34–85. Armored vehicles Typhoon-K, Tiger-M, infantry fighting vehicles BMP-2 Berezhok, BMP-3, tanks T-90M “Proryv” and the latest T-14 “Armata”, Tornado-G jet systems, operational and tactical missile complexes Iskander-M drove along the main square, together with S-400 Triumph, Buk-M3 and Tor-M2 air defense systems and Yars strategic complexes. On cargo platforms, Uran-9 shock robots were transported across the square.
In the final of the Victory Parade 2022, the consolidated orchestra performed the military song “Dear Country”, which at one time was part of the repertoire of the People’s Artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon (1937-2018).
Kobzon was Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation, People’s Artist of the USSR, People’s Artist of Ukraine, and Honored Man of Moldova. The holiday ended with a festive foreworks.
Russia’s President gave his speech of the solemn occasion
"Dear citizens of Russia! Dear veterans! Comrades soldiers and sailors, sergeants and petty officers, midshipmen and ensigns! Comrades officers, generals, and admirals! I congratulate you on the Great Victory Day! The defense of the Motherland, when its fate was decided, has always been sacred. With such feelings of genuine patriotism, the militia of Minin and Pozharsky stood up for the Fatherland, went on the attack on the Borodino field, fought with the enemy near Moscow and Leningrad, Kiev and Minsk, Stalingrad and Kursk, Sevastopol and Kharkov. And now, these days, you are fighting for our people in Donbass. For the security of our Motherland – Russia. May 9, 1945, is forever inscribed in world history as the triumph of our united Soviet people, its unity and spiritual power, an unprecedented feat on the front and in the rear. Victory Day is close and dear to each of us. There is no family in Russia that would not have been scorched by the Great Patriotic War. The memory of it does not fade. On this day, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War are in the endless stream of the "Immortal Regiment". They carry photos of their relatives, dead soldiers who have remained forever young, and veterans who have already left us."
It is noted that next to the Russian leader with the Immortal Regiment was walking the father of the commander of the “Sparta” battalion Vladimir Zhoga, Artem Zhoga.
He carried a photo of his son, who died during the liberation of Volnovakha at the age of 28, helping to evacuate civilians (on March 5, 2022).
In total, over one million people joined the march of the “Immortal Regiment” in Moscow (according to the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Irina Volk), and about the same number of people was recorded in St. Petersburg, according to the city adminitration.
Processions took place on all continents, in South and North America, Australia, Eurasia. In the Austrian capital, Vienna, for the first time the march took place along the longest route. In Cyprus, on the Larnaca embankment, they unfurled a huge Russian flag and sang “Victory Day” in chorus. And in Canada, a plane with a giant St. George ribbon was circling over Montreal, Channel 1 reports.
"We are proud of the unconquered, valiant generation of winners, that we are their heirs, and it is our duty to preserve the memory of those who crushed Nazism, who bequeathed us to be vigilant and do everything so that the horror of the global war does not repeat itself. And therefore, despite all the differences in international relations, Russia has always advocated the creation of a system of equal and indivisible security, a system that is vital to the entire world community. In December last year, we proposed to conclude an agreement on security guarantees. Russia called on the West to have an honest dialogue, to search for reasonable, compromise solutions, to take into account each other's interests. All in vain. The NATO countries did not want to hear us, which means that in fact they had completely different plans. And we saw it. Preparations were openly underway for another punitive operation in Donbass, for an invasion of our historical lands, including Crimea. In Kiev, they announced the possible acquisition of nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc has begun active military development of the territories adjacent to us. Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat was systematically created for us, and directly at our borders. Everything pointed that a clash with neo-Nazis, Bandera, on whom the United States and their junior partners had bet, would be inevitable. I repeat, we have seen how the military infrastructure is unfolding, how hundreds of foreign advisers have started working, and regular deliveries of the most modern weapons from NATO countries were underway. The danger was growing every day. Russia has given a preemptive rebuff to aggression. It was a forced, timely, and only right decision. The decision of a sovereign, strong, independent country. The United States of America, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union, started talking about its exclusivity, thereby humiliating not only the whole world, but also its satellites, who have to pretend that they do not notice anything, and submissively take it all. But we are a different country. Russia has a different character. We will never give up our love for the Motherland, our faith and traditional values, the customs of our ancestors, and respect for all peoples and cultures. And in the West, apparently, they decided to cancel these millennial values. Such moral degradation became the basis of cynical falsifications of the history of the Second World War, inciting Russophobia, praising traitors, mocking the memory of their victims, crossing out the courage of those who won and suffered for Victory. We know that American veterans who wanted to come to the parade in Moscow were actually banned from doing this. But I want them to know that we are proud of your exploits, your contribution to the common Victory. We honor all the soldiers of the Allied armies – Americans, British, French Resistance members, brave soldiers and guerrillas of China – all who defeated Nazism and militarism."
"Dear comrades! Today, the Donbass militia, together with the soldiers of the Russian Army, are fighting on their own land, where the vigilantes of Svyatoslav and Vladimir Monomakh, the soldiers of Rumyantsev and Potemkin, Suvorov and Brusilov, where the heroes of the Great Patriotic War – Nikolai Vatutin, Sidor Kovpak, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, stood to death. I am now addressing our Armed Forces and the Donbass militia. You are fighting for your Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of the Second World War. So that there is no place for executioners, punishers, and Nazis in the world. Today we bow our heads to the bright memory of all those whose lives were taken away by the Great Patriotic War, before the memory of sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends. We bow our heads to the memory of the martyrs of Odessa, burned alive in the House of Trade Unions in May 2014. In front of the memory of the elderly, women, and children of Donbass, civilians who died from ruthless shelling, barbaric strikes of neo-Nazis. We bow our heads to our comrades-in-arms, who fell to the death of the brave in a righteous battle - for Russia. The death of each of our soldiers and officers is a grief for all of us and an irreparable loss for relatives and friends. The state, regions, enterprises, public organizations will do everything to take care of such families and help them. We will provide special support to the children of the dead and wounded comrades. The presidential decree on this was signed today [on May 9, 2022]. I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded soldiers and officers. And I thank the doctors, paramedics, nurses, medical staff of military hospitals for their selfless work. I bow low to you for fighting for every life – often under fire, on the front line, with no self-pity."
"Dear comrades! Now here, on Red Square, soldiers and officers from many regions of our vast Homeland stand shoulder to shoulder, including those who came directly from Donbass, directly from the combat zone. We remember how Russia's enemies tried to use gangs of international terrorists against us, sought to sow national and religious enmity in order to weaken and split us from within. It didn't work out. Today, our fighters of different nationalities are fighting together, covering each other from bullets and shrapnel like brothers. And this is the strength of Russia, the great, indestructible strength of our united multinational people. Today you are defending what fathers and grandfathers, great-grandfathers fought for. For them, the highest meaning of life has always been the well-being and security of their Motherland. And for us, their heirs, loyalty to the Motherland is the main value, a reliable support for Russia's independence. Those who crushed Nazism during the Great Patriotic War showed us an example of heroism for all time. This is a generation of winners, and we will always look up to them. Glory to our valiant Armed Forces! For Russia! For the Victory! Hurray!"
On the occasion of the 77th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, Putin has also sent congratulatory messages to the leaders and citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Donetsk People’s Republic, Lugansk People’s Republic, as well as the peoples of Georgia and Ukraine.
“Today, our common duty is to prevent the revival of Nazism, which has brought so much suffering to people of different countries. It is necessary to preserve and pass on to future generations the truth about the events of the war years, common spiritual values and traditions of fraternal friendship,” Putin said.
In congratulatory telegrams to the heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Russian leader noted that Russian and Donbass servicemen, like their ancestors, are fighting shoulder to shoulder for the liberation of their native land from Nazi filth, expressing confidence that, as in 1945, “victory will be ours.”
In addition, in a message addressed to veterans of the Great Patriotic War and citizens of Ukraine, the President of Russia stressed the inadmissibility of revenge of the ideological heirs of those who were defeated in the Great Patriotic War.
- Victory Parade: https://youtu.be/n2hhTwq2Zq8
- Immortal Regiment: https://youtu.be/dvUW9DTG2_o
- Fireworks: https://youtu.be/zkT_1NG9KJQ