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Russia. Parade in Moscow. War criminals took seats next to Vladimir Putin – information from independent media

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The independent Russian website Agentstvo noted that at Thursday's so-called Victory Parade in Moscow, commemorating the 79th anniversary of the end of World War II, officers whose formations committed war crimes against civilians during the invasion of Ukraine were seated in the row directly behind Vladimir Putin.

On Thursday's so-called Victory Parade in Moscow, in the row directly behind Vladimir Putin officers whose formations committed war crimes against civilians during the invasion were imprisoned Ukraine – revealed the independent Russian portal Agentstvo. Sitting next to the Russian president were senior lieutenant Chalym Chuldom-ool and major Boris Dudko, probably responsible for the mistreatment of the inhabitants of the village of Yahidne in the Chernihiv region and the crimes committed in Bucha near Kiev in March 2022. Both were honored with the titles of Heroes Russia – informed the Agency.

Chułdum-ool, from the republic of Tuva in Siberia, was awarded for his service in the 55th independent motorized rifle brigade, the formation responsible for the crime in Yahidne.

Vladimir Putin during a parade in MoscowSERGEY BOBYLEV/PAP/EPA

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Moreover, the Russian media published information about the “heroic attitude” of this officer, who in December 2023 in the Donetsk Oblast destroyed two vehicles with Ukrainian soldiers by firing a grenade launcher, and then personally killed about 10 soldiers with firearms – we read on the website.

Dudko was the deputy commander of the 124th independent tank battalion in the 76th airborne assault division. As recalled, it was, among others, this division, based in Pskov in western Russia, took part in the crimes in Bucha.

The agency revealed that the third officer sitting directly behind Putin, Captain Sergei Bacherikov, also participated in the invasion of Ukraine.

A modest parade in Moscow

During this year's so-called Only 61 pieces of military equipment were shown at the Victory Parade, which is more than three times less than in 2021, the last year before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, noted the independent Russian Telegram channel Mozem Objasnit'.

This is even less than the Russian Defense Minister promised before this year's parade Sergei Shoigu, which talked about 75 units of equipment. Three years ago, 197 pieces of weapons were presented on Red Square, opposition journalists recalled.

As it was emphasized, the Russians once again decided not to show the latest productions of the arms industry, such as: the T-14 Armata tank, the Kurganiec combat vehicle and the Koalicja-SW self-propelled howitzer.

Military vehicles on parade in MoscowYURI KOCHETKOV/PAP/EPA

During this year's parade, you could only see a T-34 tank from World War II. The parade was attended by students of military universities, representatives of, among others, National Guard (Rosgvardiya) and formations subordinate to the Ministry of Emergencies and – separately – soldiers who participated in the invasion of Ukraine.

– Now it's awkward for them to send an Armata tank to the parade. Someone else would start asking uncomfortable questions, said Jan Matveyev, an analyst associated with the environment of the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, who died in a penal colony in February in a penal colony, in an interview with Moz Objasnit'.

Independent journalists emphasized that the Armata, presented by the Kremlin as allegedly the most modern tank in the world, has not been equipped with troops fighting in Ukraine for over two years.

For the first time since 2021, the Air Force participated in the parade. However, only 15 planes flew over Red Square, which is five times less than three years ago, Mozem Objasnit reported.

Main photo source: SERGEY BOBYLEV/PAP/EPA

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