Military parades in western Russia are cancelled

Military parades in western Russia are cancelled



full screen Rehearsals for this year’s Victory Day parade in Moscow on Friday. Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov/AP/TT

The traditional military parades during Victory Day on May 9, when Russia celebrates the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, are reportedly being canceled this year in several regions.

These are the regions of Bryansk, Pskov, Ryazan, Kursk and Belgorod, the UK Ministry of Defense said, citing independent Russian media reports.

All five regions are located in western Russia and are thus considered particularly vulnerable to potential Ukrainian drone attacks.

Last year’s military parade was unusually low-key in the capital Moscow – much due to an alleged Ukrainian drone attack on the Kremlin headquarters the week before. In about 20 Russian cities, the 2023 parades were canceled entirely.