This is a fascinating Russian news report because it shows Russians preparing for a beloved national ritual - the WW2 victory day parade. The young people talking about their attitude to the event reflects a strong national patriotic mood.
Also striking is the amount of military equipment and number of soldiers marching - 13,000! Among the weapons on display will be some of the new 'miracle weapons' announced by Putin two months ago, and new combat robots - an important new field of military technology.
Full transcript below:
The Russians are bar none, the best at putting on military pageantry, striking uniforms, and marching parades. On YouTube you can see all the major military powers of the world marching. The Russians are by far the best in every respect, from uniforms, to discipline, to music, and importantly, to cinematography in capturing the whole thing. They even have cameras under glass floors on Red Square to capture the troops and horses as they march above.
This year will be the biggest parade ever, bigger than anything done in the USSR going back to Stalin. Surely this is deliberate signal to the neocons doing everything they can to start a major war with Russia - beware of what you wish for.
Here's one of the tanks featured in the parade, the new BMPT Terminator Tank. Here is what the announcer has to say about it:
It has grenade launchers, antitank weapons, small arms. On the battlefield, it's equal to six infantry fighting vehicles or 40 infantry.
It is awesome - NATO units definitely don't want to get in a fight with these:
Here's another interesting video - no captions on this one, but it shows Putin at his inauguration a few days ago reviewing his personal regiment inside the Kremlin walls - again the pageantry is excellent and the performance of the troops perfect.
Worth checking out.
73 years ago Russian troops entered Berlin and brought an end to the devastating second World War.
Tens of millions of people died and millions more were displaced. Russia bore the brunt of German aggression and was instrumental in Germany's surrender.
Western revisionists often deny this fact and attempt to falsely portray England or America as the WW2 leading power. Such portrayals are absurd and out of touch with reality because In WWII 3 out of 4 German KIA Were by Soviet Army.
Perhaps arrogant Westerners should remember how powerful empires under both Napoleon and Hitler were brutally crushed in their attempts to overpower Russia.
We're reporting on the most important current developments. The final nighttime rehearsal of the Victory Day parade has taken place on Red Square, Moscow, involving more than 12,000 service people and 150 units of equipment, including many brand-new ones.
It's almost the same as it will be on May 9th, but at night, and without air units. A chime of bells, the legendary Victory Banner, a parade Zil, and the roar of "hurray!". They march step for step even at night on the rough cobblestone square. Sailors, paratroopers, and cadets of the Young Army. The way they turn their head, their pace, even their expression, matter.
"It's a tremendous event largely celebrated nationwide. We salute veterans, we thank them for peaceful skies".
"Obviously, it's physically strenuous, but I understand that we need to endure it. We do it with pride".
"Everybody on Red Square has been prepared for covering such distances".
"I'm proud that my comrades and I have been granted the honor to take part in the parade on Red Square on the 73rd anniversary of the victory. It's a wonderful chance to pay tribute to veterans for our bright future".
The parade involves about 13,000 people, many of who are making their debut. The Nakhimov Naval School in Sevastopol is participating in the parade for the first time as well as the parade units of the military police.
The sound of marching is followed by roaring engines, marking the beginning of the military equipment parade. It's traditionally headed by a legendary T-34 tank. The column came from a site in the north of Moscow in the afternoon. Combat systems, armored vehicles took the capital's central streets.
The Terminator fighting vehicle is taking part of the parade for the first time. It has grenade launchers, antitank weapons, small arms. On the battlefield, it's equal to six infantry fighting vehicles or 40 infantry.
Combat robots are among the cutting-edge equipment. This is the Uran-6 mine-clearing robot. It is remotely controlled from a distance of up to 600 miles. The Uran-9, which looks like a little tank, is also controlled remotely. It will be used for reconnaissance and fire support. There are also army snowmobiles and utility terrain vehicles, armored vehicles, and missile and air defense systems. The column consists of about 150 pieces of equipment.
Six days are left before the Victory Day parade. The rehearsal flights will be on Friday. There will be debuts as well. Brand new fighter jets, including MiG-31Ks armed with the Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile system, will fly over Moscow.
The full rehearsal is scheduled for May 6th.
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