Putin announced the postponement of a Victory parade

the Risks are too high, he said.

President Vladimir Putin announced the postponement of a Victory parade and March of the Immortal regiment, the TV channel “Russia 24”. The President reminded that this year, may 9 will mark 75 years of the Victory in the great Patriotic war (WWII). “Before the holiday less than a month. And date of may 9 for us is sacred, and every human life is priceless. The risks are too high. That doesn’t qualify me to start preparing,” said the President at a meeting with permanent members of the security Council.

preparations for the holiday were begun beforehand at the Federal level and in the regions, Putin said. According to him, the peak of the epidemic of coronavirus in Russia has not yet passed, the risks are extremely high. “I instruct the Minister of defense, the heads of law enforcement agencies, governments at all levels to change the schedule and to postpone the preparations for the military parade on red square, to parade in the regions,” Putin said.

According to the source, “Vedomosti” close to the defense Ministry, in fact, preparation for the Parade in honor of Victory Day ceased the day before. Personnel and equipment have left Grozny to the places of permanent deployment, he said. A series of events in celebration of, for example, opening the Main Temple of the Armed Forces on may 6 is still in effect, says another source, “Vedomosti” close to the defense Ministry. A new date for the parade and other festivities are not yet known, it will depend on the epidemiological situation, told “Vedomosti” a source in the Armed forces.

Previously, the veteran’s organization appealed to Putin with a request to postpone the Victory parade in Moscow at a later date due of the spread of coronavirus. According to them, the event would jeopardize the health of its members and guests to ensure the safety of health at the parade impossible.

the Signature under the appeal to the President was signed by the heads of 12 veterans organizations including the head of the Russian Association of heroes Vladimir Shamanov, Chairman of the military commanders Club Anatoly Kulikov and the head of the Moscow public organization of participants and disabled war veterans Ivan Slukhai.

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