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Vladimir Putin sends a “doomsday” message to the West on Victory Day

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Western officials believe Putin could make big announcement (Image: EPA)

Vladimir Putin will send a “doomsday” warning to the West when he chairs Russia’s Victory Day celebrations on Monday.

Putin, 69, will address a parade of troops, tanks, missiles and ICBMs in Red Square to show strength and defiance as the war in Ukraine rages on.

A flyby over St. Basil’s Cathedral will feature supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and – for the first time since 2010 – the ‘doomsday’ Il-80 command plane, which would carry Russia’s top forces in the event of nuclear war,” it shared the Ministry of Defense with.

In this scenario, the Il-80 is intended to become the roving command center of the Russian President. It’s packed with technology, but certain details are Russian state secrets.

Western officials said they had been told that Russia “does not invite” foreign leaders to celebrate Victory Day on May 9.

The “unusual” move follows rising tensions between Russia and other nations following its invasion and subsequent war with Ukraine in February.

Officials said the national holiday, normally reserved to commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, could be used by Putin to explain why the attacks were successful.

They added they feared he would “continue to distort history,” which was “divisive.”

A military band takes part in the Victory Day military parade in Red Square in downtown Moscow, May 9, 2019. - Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Backgrounder on Victory Day in Russia

A military band takes part in the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in downtown Moscow in 2019 (Image: AFP via Getty)

Soviet-era T-34 tanks drive during the Victory Parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 24, 2020. The military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two was scheduled for May 9 but due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Host Photo Agency/Evgeny Biyatov via REUTERS Backgrounder on Victory Day in Russia

Soviet-era T-34 tanks drive during the Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square in 2020 (Image: Reuters)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by YURI KOCHETKOV/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (11895690dc) Armored vehicles of the Russian military during the Victory Day military parade in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2021. Russia is holding its Victory Day parade of Victory annually on May 09 to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russian Federation - May 09, 2021 Backgrounders on Victory Day in Russia

Armored vehicles of the Russian military during the military parade on last year’s Victory Day (Image: Rex/Shutterstock)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anatoly Zhdanov/UPI/REX/Shutterstock (12284581k) Topol-M ICBMs ride during the annual Victory Parade in Moscow's Red Square May 9, 2008. Warplanes screamed over Red Square and rocket launchers rumbled past rows of soldiers on Friday as Russia celebrated victory over Nazi Germany with a show of force not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russian President Medvedev and Putin attend Victory Day military parade in Moscow - May 9, 2008 Background on Victory Day in Russia

A Topol-M ICBM drives during the annual Victory Day Parade in Moscow’s Red Square in 2008 (Photo: Rex/Shutterstock)

There could be a big announcement, officials said, but it’s unlikely to be a declaration of war or a mass mobilization, which the Kremlin has denied, as officials have seen no signs that preparations for either are underway.

Meanwhile, Ukraine said only 50 civilians were evacuated from a bombed steel plant in the city of Mariupol on Friday and accused Russia of violating a ceasefire meant to allow anyone trapped under the plant to leave after weeks of a siege.

Mariupol has survived the most devastating bombardment of the 10-week war, and the sprawling Soviet-era Azovstal Works is the last part of the city — a strategic southern port on the Sea of ​​Azov — still in the hands of Ukrainian fighters.

There has been speculation that Putin wants to end the battle for the city by Monday to present a triumph to the Russian people.

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