Ukraine holds victory ‘parade’ of captured Russian tanks to mock Putin who ‘dreamed of capturing Kyiv in 3 days’
- Dozens of destroyed enemy tanks and armor were displayed in Kyiv.
- The Ministry of Defense said it was “a reminder to all dictators how their plans can be ruined by a free and brave nation”.
Ukrainian officials had staged a display of destroyed enemy armor to mock the Russians, who they said had planned a victory parade as a show of force by Putin’s regime as it believed it would quickly take Kyiv .
According to the Ukrainian news site Ukrainian Pravdathe Russians planned a military parade in the Ukrainian capital which they mistakenly believed would fall in three days. The Telegraph reports that some Russian officers were so prepared that they even prepared official uniforms for the event.
Instead, to celebrate Independence Day on August 24, Ukrainian authorities displayed dozens of burned and captured Russian tanks and military vehicles in two long lines on Khreshchatyk Boulevard, Kyiv’s main street.
On Saturday, Ukrainian families enjoyed a day of strolling among lines of captured armor and inspecting burnt-out war machines. Children used them as climbing frames and people took selfies with them.
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry tweeted a video of the display, saying it was “a reminder to all dictators how their plans can be ruined by a free and brave nation.”
—Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) August 20, 2022
Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov tweeted: “The aggressors dreamed of capturing Kyiv in 3 days. The occupiers intended to hold a parade in our capital.” They are now in town as “scrap metal,” he wrote.
—Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) August 20, 2022
Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday commemorates 31 years of absence from Soviet rule, which also marks six months since Russia began its unprovoked invasion.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned citizens that Russia may be planning a major attack to coincide with the celebrations.
“We should all be aware that this week Russia might try to do something particularly ugly, something particularly vicious,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address on Saturday, per Reuters.
A report by an independent military intelligence group has suggested that Russia may be amassing missiles in Belarus for a major attack on Ukraine.
Belarusian Hajun wrote about Telegram that he had observed an accumulation of weapons in the Zyabrovka air base in Belarus while monitoring satellite images.