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Putin’s Ukraine May 9 “Victory Parade” in Mariupol: What to Expect

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Russian artillery firing in Ukraine.

A Russian Victory Day Parade in Mariupol? Russia celebrates Victory Day on May 9. It was the day that Nazi Germany surrendered to Soviet fighters, and has since remained a national holiday and day of celebration in Russia and several of the former Soviet republics. 

For weeks, analysts have speculated that the Russian president was either planning to end the war in Ukraine on Victory Day – a nod to his false claims that Ukraine is a Nazi country – or that he would make a significant announcement during the speech he delivers in Moscow’s Red Square every year. 

Now, though, we know that a parade will be held in the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol – and troops have spent days clearing streets, changing road signs to the Russian language, and preparing the city’s former theater district for a “victory” parade.

Ukraine Reveals Russian Plans for Mariupol Parade

The Ukraine Main Directorate of Intelligence at the Ministry of Defense revealed on Saturday how Russian troops have spent the last week preparing for a “victory” parade in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol. 

The Ukrainian government published a list of over 200 high-ranking Russian military officials who will be deployed to oversee security during the victory parade. In a display of Russian strength, even as Russian troops resort to the use of “dumb” bombs over missile supply chain problems, the parade will likely see thousands of Russian troops marching alongside Russian military equipment through the destroyed streets of Mariupol.

While Putin has already claimed victory over the city, despite Ukrainian troops still holding some parts of the city, this will mark an “official” declaration that Russia has taken control of Mariupol – even though that isn’t strictly true.

What “Victory” Will Putin Claim?

Since Russian forces’ efforts to take control of Kyiv and other central regions of Ukraine began to falter in March, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have redefined what he considers a “victory” in Ukraine. After reallocating military resources and troops to the eastern Donbas region, the Kremlin claims to have moved on to a “second phase” of the invasion. 

The goal? To “liberate” the Donbas and establish a land corridor between Crimea and the east. A victory parade through Mariupol, which lies in the south-eastern part of Ukraine and right between Crimea and the Donbas, gives Putin several opportunities to declare various other kinds of “victories” for his troops. 

First, Putin may claim that he has “demilitarized” Ukraine. It’s not true, as Ukraine continues to receive successive waves of military aid and deliveries of weapons and ammunition from the West. However, the Russian leader will be easily able to sell the idea to Russian citizens – most of whom apparently still have a positive view of his leadership – thanks to strict controls over the nation’s media reporting.

The Russian president is also likely to declare that his goal of “denazification” in Ukraine has been achieved, with the Azov battalion pushed out of Mariupol. Ukraine’s Azov battalion is a far-right volunteer infantry military believed to have fewer than 1,000 members. It has been widely used by the Russian to justify the military invasion – but polls show Putin’s claim that Ukraine is a “Nazi” country is wrong.

Finally, the Russian president may also paint his withdrawal of Russian troops from Kiev as a victory, focusing on the fact that most of his deployed troops are now working to “liberate” the Donbas and protecting the ethnic Russian living in Crimea. 

Putin will likely claim that, without Ukraine’s consent in the stalled peace negotiations, Russia has already achieved some of the demands already communicated to the government in Kiev.

What About Ukrainian Fighters Still In Mariupol?

As many as 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers were still in Mariupol this week. Those remaining fighters have faced increased military action in the region, with Russian soldiers working overtime to clear the streets of Mariupol’s theater district to host the symbolic Victory Day parade.

Mariupol is the city in which the Russian has come the closest to being able to declare some kind of “victory” – though it hasn’t been without difficulty. Ukrainian troops put up a good fight and taking control of most of the southern port city required Russian troops to raise the entire city to the ground.

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Javelin Missile. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Having targeted civilians and residential buildings to take control of the city, an important and strategic region for Russia to hold, the victory is not without tragedy for those living in the city. Russia must also withstand the sanctions and years of diplomatic uncertainty with much of the West that comes with being accused of committing war crimes

If Ukrainian soldiers remain in Mariupol through the parade, there’s no telling what surprises Russian troops could face on May 9.

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Russian President Putin. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. aldol11

    May 9, 2022 at 5:30 am

    i could be wrong but i think that UAF will relieve azovstal’s defenders

  2. CK

    May 10, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Looks like they cleared a few streets of bodies and rubble for some TV shots, but otherwise, nothing noteworthy happened.

  3. Alex

    May 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

    And now, instead of tantrums and fantasies, let’s face it.

    Zelensky is a Kremlin agent.

    So in just two months:

    1. Actively extorted money from the West.

    2. Strengthened the ruble.

    3. In addition to the Crimea, he gave Donbass to Russia.

    4.. Turned off the gas at the whole of Europe, sending it to the Middle Ages.

    5. Ruined the pockets of drivers, farmers, entrepreneurs and manufacturers in the EU and the US.

    6. Since the beginning of the special operation, almost all major competitors from Russia have left, making room for Russian entrepreneurs.

    7. Begging for so many weapons that even Scholz said that the Bundeswehr was running out of weapons “for himself.”

    8. He collected all the crap of the Ukrainian Nazi subculture – tattooed Nazis, outcasts, idiots, maniacs, murderers from Europe and other countries in one place, where the Russians kill them in batches and promptly deliver them to Bandera.

    9. United the Russian people around their leader. Russia has never known such powerful support for the actions of the President and his cabinet during all the terms of his reign.

    10. He sent into emigration the entire corrupt beau monde of the Russian stage and cinema, with pockets full of “wishes” from the grateful Russian people.

    Never before has Russia been as good as under Zelensky.

  4. Alex

    May 10, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Jim Chambers (Fergie Chambers) – a journalist from NY spoke about how he SAW the attacks of Ukrainian fascists on peaceful Ukrainians. He told how he SAW what horrors the Bandera Nazis were doing to the Ukrainians. He said that food and medicine appeared when the Russian Liberators came.

    He told how he SAW Nazi paraphernalia wherever the military of Ukraine abandoned their positions (swastikas, Mein Kampf books, paintings by Hitler, Bandera, etc.).

    He SAW how opponents of the regime of the Ukrainian authorities were detained, tortured and killed. He told how the people of Ukraine are waging their struggle for existence and for peace without Bandera Nazis. He spoke about how the Russian liberators help civilians and the Ukrainians ask the Russians not to leave. The Ukrainians are upset that the Russians came late, they should have come earlier.

    He said: “Our American weapons have only exacerbated the useless bloodshed in a battle that the Ukrainian fascists can never win. I am ashamed to carry an American passport with me. The world desperately needs a Russian victory: at the end of Ukrainian Nazism and at the end of the American NATO empire. World needs victory for freedom.”

  5. Alex

    May 10, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Graham William Phillips is an outstanding British journalist who objectively and unbiasedly covers events in Ukraine.

    He is in a war zone and interviews all sides. He confirms the existence of Bandera Nazis who brutally torture and kill Ukrainians just because they do not want to see Bandera Nazis in their country.

    He confirms that the Ukrainians are asking the Russian liberators not to leave them anymore and not to leave.

    It is interesting to see how Graham interviews Aiden Aislin, a Briton who fought on the side of Ukraine as part of the Nazi Azov Battalion and was taken prisoner in Mariupol.

    The truth will always see the world thanks to such professionals, and not propagandists, who sometimes have never been to Ukraine and are thousands of miles away.

    No Nazism. We – free people will win.

  6. Alex

    May 11, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    A bit of truth.

    The head of the UN monitoring mission, Matilda Bogner, said that the organization has reliable information about the torture of Russian soldiers in Ukrainian captivity:
    “Ukraine and Russia must promptly and effectively investigate all allegations of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners of war,” she said.

    The military-civilian administration of the Kherson region announced their intention to appeal to Putin with a request to include the region into Russia:
    “We intend to live as part of the Russian Federation. We fully cooperate and feel as one with the regions of Russia.”

    Pfizer, Moderna, Merck, Gilead are testing medicines in Ukraine, bypassing international safety standards, reducing the costs of research programs and gaining significant competitive advantages. Coronavirus vaccine manufacturers have been involved in US military biological activities.

    Along with American pharmaceutical companies and Pentagon contractors, Ukrainian state structures are involved in military biological activities, the main tasks of which are to conceal illegal activities, conduct field and clinical trials, and provide the necessary biomaterial.
    The American side expanded its research potential both in the field of creating biological weapons and in the field of obtaining information about antibiotic resistance and the presence of antibodies to various diseases in the population of specific regions.

    Ukraine has long become a training ground for Western countries to create biological weapons components and test new samples of pharmaceuticals.

    The United States, as part of its military biological program in Ukraine, used Mariupol as a regional center for work with the cholera pathogen.
    Evidence was obtained of the emergency destruction of documents confirming work with the US military department. A preliminary analysis of the surviving documentation indicates the use of Mariupol as a regional center for the collection and certification of the cholera pathogen.

    The selected strains were sent to the public health center in Kyiv, which is entrusted with the functions of further sending biomaterials to the United States.
    This activity has been carried out since 2014, which is confirmed by the acts of transfer of strains.

    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Fox News recalled that the United States supplied weapons to Ukraine long before the start of the Russian special operation.
    “The Biden administration was supplying weapons long before the invasion. The first billion dollars that the president allocated for Ukraine did indeed include assistance with lethal weapons … The United States, Canada, Britain, other allies actually helped prepare the Ukrainians, ”Kirby quoted the TV channel as saying.

    As military experts and analysts had previously assumed, Ukraine would have brought down all its military power on the Donbass in any case, but Russia was the first to come to the aid of Donyuass.

    The world is watching. The world sees. Lies are dying.

  7. squatter

    May 13, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Keep on ԝriting, great job!

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