The following article, Putin to Signal ‘Doomsday’ in Russia Victory Day Speech, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Over the course of the last several weeks, it has become rather obvious to much of the world that Vladimir Putin has lost his marbles. His nonsensical invasion of Ukraine, (and the absolutely ludicrous justifications he and the Kremlin have attempted to fabricate for it), have led us to a terrifying place.
Putin has long dispensed with almost-casual nuclear threats against nations who may think to interfere in the conflict, but a gesture in his coming Victory Day celebration paints an even more horrifying picture of what’s going through the Moscow madman’s mind.
President Vladimir Putin will send a “doomsday” warning to the West when he leads celebrations on Monday marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia’s vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.
Defiant in the face of deep Western isolation since he ordered the invasion of Russia’s neighbour, Putin will speak on Red Square before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
There is a seriously troubling detail that cannot go unnoticed.
A fly-past over St Basil’s Cathedral will include supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “doomsday” command plane, which would carry Russia’s top brass in the event of a nuclear war, the Defence Ministry said.
In that scenario, the Il-80 is designed to become the roaming command centre for the Russian president. It is packed with technology but specific details are Russian state secrets.
The Russian President is said to be dying of terminal bowel cancer, and his own existential dread appears to be clouding his political judgment to a frightening degree.
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