At the celebrations in Minsk, the President of Belarus said that the country could not refuse to hold a parade in honor of the anniversary of the Victory, as she “had no other choice.” Authorities decide to hold event despite pandemic
Belarus could not refuse to hold a parade in honor of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This was announced at a celebration in Minsk by the head of the republic, Alexander Lukashenko, BelTA reports.
“We simply could not do otherwise; we had no other choice. And if we did, we would do the same, ”he assured.
According to Lukashenko, “there are those in this distraught, unreleased world” who condemn the country’s authorities for deciding to hold a parade, despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“I want to tell them humanly: do not rush to draw conclusions, let alone condemn us, the heirs of the Victory, the Belarusians,” he said. “The eyes of the Soviet soldiers who died for our freedom look at us, the eyes of partisans and underground members tortured in the dungeons of the Gestapo, the eyes of the elderly, women and children of Khatyn.”
Lukashenko decided not to cancel the Victory Day parade against a pandemic
This year, the parade in Minsk was the only one in the post-Soviet space, it was held in honor of all the citizens of the USSR who died during the war, Lukashenko added.
According to BelTA, about 3 thousand military personnel took part in the parade, including ceremonies of specialized lyceums and cadet schools, the Military Academy, border guards, rescuers and employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. As part of the mechanized column tanks T-34-85 and T-72B3, armored personnel carriers and other equipment. In the airborne part of the parade, 36 aircraft and helicopters were involved.
At 21:30, a gala concert will begin on Victory Square, and fireworks are also planned.
In early May, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that the Belarusian authorities postpone Victory Day celebrations and other public events. The organization indicated the impossibility of ensuring distance between the participants and the high risk of transmission of the virus. Despite this, Lukashenko refused to cancel the parade.
Lukashenko invited heads of other states to the Victory Parade in Minsk
On April 25, a clean-up day dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory took place in Belarus; Lukashenko also took part in it. After that, the Russian Channel One released a story about the “next outbreak” of coronavirus infection in Belarus, which led to the authorities’ refusal to cancel mass events. In response to this, the republic’s authorities denied accreditation to the television crew.
According to the Ministry of Health of Belarus, as of May 8, 21 thousand cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the country, 121 people died, more than 5 thousand patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.
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In the cities of Russia on May 9 only air parade and holiday fireworks will take place. The ground part of the parade was canceled due to a pandemic, the procession of the “Immortal Regiment” will be held in video format.