Red Square parade testifies to Russian army’s problems - British intelligence

Red Square parade testifies to Russian army’s problems - British intelligence

The traditional Victory Day parade on May 9 in Moscow highlighted problems with logistics and strategic communications existing in the Russian armed forces.

This was reported by the British Ministry of Defense citing an intelligence update, Ukrinform reports.

"Russia's annual Victory Day Parade in Red Square highlighted the materiel and strategic communications challenges the military is facing 15 months into the war in Ukraine,” reads the report posted on Twitter.

As noted, more than 8,000 personnel reportedly took part in the parade, but most of them were auxiliary, paramilitary forces, and cadets from military training establishments. The only personnel from deployable formations of regular forces were contingents of Railway Troops and military police, British intelligence notes.

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The British Ministry of Defense also pointed to the fact that the only tank showcased in the Moscow parade was a vintage T-34 from a ceremonial unit.

At the same time, according to intelligence data, despite heavy losses in Ukraine, Russia could have fielded more armored vehicles.

"The authorities likely refrained from doing so because they want to avoid domestic criticism about prioritizing parades over combat operations,” the update concludes.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov of Ukraine, said that this year's parade in Moscow was the shortest since 1941.

On May 9, Moscow hosts annual Victory Day military parade. This year, no modern armored vehicles were displayed except for a T-34 tank taken from a museum.

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