Today, Wednesday 9 May, he returned to the fore after the Kremlin denied his country’s intention to declare total war and general mobilization in on this date, Kiev confirmed that Russian forces are preparing to conduct a military parade in the long-besieged port of Mariupol in this day, which coincides with the celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany.
The Ukrainian military intelligence service has revealed that the deputy director of the Russian presidential administration, Sergey Kirienko, has arrived in the southeastern coastal city of Mariupol, to prepare for this spectacle.
He also explained that “the main task of the Putin official is to prepare for the ceremony on May 9”, noting that “the main streets of Mariupol have been urgently cleaned and rubble and corpses have been removed, as well as unexploded ordnance. “.
“Joy to see the Russians”
He added that the Russians will see news of the “joy” of the inhabitants of Mariupol at the sight of the Russians arriving in their city.
Also, he noted, “it is in a large-scale propaganda campaign was carried out among the population of the city, the number of which the Ukrainian authorities now estimate between 100 and 120 thousand, compared to about half a million before the Russian operation “.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu instead confirmed today in answer to a question about the preparations for the ninth day, which “questmilitary parades will be held this year in 28 Russian cities, where about 65 thousand people and about 2,400 types of weapons and military equipment will participate, and more than 460 aircraft quest’year “, without explicitly referring to Mariupol, according to AFP.
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described all the rumors and allegations about a general mobilization in this date as “pure nonsense”.
It is interesting to note that Mariupol, overlooking the Sea of Azov, south-east of Ukraine, which is almost completely under Russian military control, with the exception of the Azovstal industrial complex, where the last Ukrainian fighters and civilians are holed up, represented , since the start of the Russian operation, a strategic goal for the Russians, especially as control will open a land corridor to move Russian forces between eastern Ukraine and Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014.
As for May 9, it is considered an important day in Russia, in how much is the national holiday of the victory over Nazism in World War II, which killed some 27 million Soviet citizens between 1941 and 1945.
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