Corona get Putin to postpone the big 75-year-parade

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President Vladimir Putin, citing the deepening coronavirus crisis, said on Thursday (April 16) Russian Federation would postpone its May 9 celebrations including a huge military parade across Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War II.

"The risks linked to the epidemic that hasn't yet reached its peak are extremely high, and that doesn't give me the right to start preparations for the parade and other festivities", he said, adding that the celebration will be held later this year.

We will certainly hold all the events planned for May 9 during 2020.

But the selection of the 9. may is 75 years ago that the Soviet union was victorious over nazi Germany, may have to be postponed.

Trump said Wednesday the USA was ready to send ventilators to Russian Federation, saying "they're having a hard time in Moscow".

Russian Federation has so far recorded 27,938 cases and 232 coronavirus-related deaths.

Critics say the number of infections and deaths is likely much higher.

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Several war veteran organisations appealed to Putin this week to postpone the parade, saying they wanted it to be a memorable and spectacular event, something that looked unlikely with Moscow and many of Russia's regions observing a lockdown.

A letter signed by the heads of three veterans' organisations urged Putin to "take a hard but, as we see it, fair decision to hold the military parade on another date".

A new date for holding the parade has not been confirmed.

Sergei Lapenkov told the Echo of Moscow radio station that if thousands of people gathered in the streets it "could provoke a new wave of illnesses".

Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and other foreign leaders had promised to attend this year's parade, which was to involve 14,000 troops and 300 military vehicles in a massive show of Russian military might.

This story is being updated.

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