Russian President Vladimir Putin’s planned display of power and victory could turn into a sorry sight as he rolls out a hugely depleted military on Monday, May 9 – scaled back by 30 per cent
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Russian President Putin’s planned display of power could turn into a remarkably sorry sight as he rolls out a hugely depleted military on Monday, May 9.
Each year, the parade is held to mark victory over Nazi Germany during World War 2.
It is also used historically by Russian leaders to show off the country’s military force –
However, following massive losses in Ukraine, this year is set to see it scaled back by around 35 per cent.
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Russian army could also be forced to use worn down equipment from the 1960s.
According to the latest figures, at least 600 Russian tanks have been lost throughout the course of the invasion.
Ukraine’s staunch defence against Vladimir Putin ’s brutal invasion has resulted in the deaths of 21,800 Russian fighters, it was claimed last month.
As the scale of Russia ’s military losses were laid bare in new figures released by the Ukrainian Land Forces, it emerged that more children were killed in indiscriminate shelling by Putin’s army.
Two girls, aged five and 14, died when a residential building in Ocheretynsk, in the Donetsk region, was hit.
Their tragic deaths mean 213 children have lost their lives in the conflict, the day after a three-month-old baby died with her young mother and grandmother when their home was hit in a rocket attack in Odessa.
A further 389 children have been seriously injured since Putin launched his offensive on February 24.
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Military incompetence and poor preparation are thought to be hampering Russia’s plans.
Troop losses have been put down to poor tactical decisions by Russian leaders and a considerable underestimation of the capabilities of Ukraine ’s armed forces.
Commanders are targeting civilians, as well as Ukrainian bases and weapons depots in retribution for the resistance.
The latest statistics showed that a total of 873 tanks are said to have been destroyed, along with 2238 armoured vehicles, 179 planes, 154 helicopters and 408 artillery systems.
Russia’s biggest humiliation was suffered when its Black Sea fleet flagship sank after it was hit by two missiles.
On February 24, Russia’s land army consisted of 280,000 full-time active soldiers compared with Ukraine’s 125,600.
But the amount of Russian soldiers needed to seize the whole country and control the entire population would be close to one million, according to Michael Clarke, a visiting professor in King’s College London’s department of war studies.