Nicholas Drummond, a defense analyst specializing in ground warfare, described this year’s Victory Day parade in Moscow as a “very low-key” event, according to CNN.
Thousands of troops gathered outside the Kremlin in Red Square to mark the occasion, and Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his reasons for invading Ukraine. But the expected aerial part of the annual event was canceled due to the weather, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov.
“Very low-key,” Drummond, a former British Army officer, told CNN about the parade. “But there was a discipline and precision that was lacking last time. The look of steely determination on many faces. All this suggests that Putin has consolidated his power base rather than being weakened by recent events.”