The president of Kyrgyzstan, who had travelled to Moscow for the parade, said he has not attended because of two members of his delegation had been tested positive for Covid-19.
As a refurbished Soviet T-34 tanks have made their way onto the square, Russian medical officials, announced that it had counted 7,176 new cases of coronavirus, including 811 in Moscow, bringing the total to 606,881 case. Officially, 154 people have been killed in the last days of the disease.
More than 20 cities across the Russian federation, has canceled their celebrations, saying they were worried for the health of veterans and the public. But the main cities such as Moscow, have pushed forward, even appearing to reduce coronavirus restrictions to prepare for the parade. Large gatherings are still banned, for fear of the spread of the disease.
On the Red Square, Kremlin officials have said that they had tested all of those who attended for Covid-19. More than 80 veterans, some who flanked Putin on the parade bleachers had been put in quarantine for two weeks in a Moscow region sanatorium before the parade.
The spectators were separated by empty seats, but otherwise, the show differed little from the large display of Russian military power, that it has become in recent decades.
In a speech, Putin did not mention coronavirus and delivered largely conciliatory remarks that only nodded to its more net charges published in English in the beginning of the week, that the west was rewriting the history of the war.
“Our debt is to remember… that the Soviet people bore the brunt of the struggle against Nazism,” Putin said in a speech, as a veteran of the war pumped his fist in the background.
“It is the primary, pure, without change in the truth about the war. We must protect and defend it, pass it on to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Today, a military parade in honor of this sacred truth, in honour of the outstanding amount of the generation of victors, who have determined the outcome of the entire second world war.”
Putin, who has largely appeared on television from a room without window, panoramic as his “bunker” since the month of April, shook hands with veterans of the war and has met with the leaders of the friendly, mostly from ex-Soviet countries, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, and Serbia and Bosnia-and-Herzegovina.
He has been forced to delay the parade on May 9 by more than a month because of the outbreak of coronavirus, which has hung a long political season in Russia, during which Putin seeks to amend the constitution to allow himself to stay in the Kremlin until 2036, if he wants it.
The online voting for the referendum on the plan will begin in less than 24 hours and the Kremlin, hoping for a boost from the patriotic show, which featured an air force flyover and soldiers dressed in replica uniforms of the second world war.
Main customers such as the China of Xi Jinping and France, Emmanuel Macron was cancelled, the degradation of the event from the showcase of world diplomacy that the Kremlin hopes the occasion of the anniversary of the be.
But those who made the trip were enthusiastic. The Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, who has been heavily criticized for the conduct of its own May 9 parade in spite of the outbreak of coronavirus, was joined on the parade of the bleachers by his two sons. The Serbian leader, Alexandar Vučić, struck his chest, as a delegation of soldiers marched by the podium.
Under Putin, the parade has become the main policy vacation and taken on a religious aura.
Earlier this week, Putin has attended the opening of a new army of the cathedral is managed by the Russian army, which is in part, dedicated to the memory of the war.
The stairs have been moulded from scrap metal salvaged from Nazi tanks and acquired objects of Hitler’s cap, according to the ministry of defence. The Plans for the assembly of a mosaic featuring images of Putin and other senior Russian political and military officials, have been demolished after images of the mosaic have been disclosed.