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Russia cancels Victory Day air parade over Red Square

The air parade has been canceled due to bad weather conditions in the Moscow region, the Defense Ministry said

MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. Russia’s combat planes won’t take part in the Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square due to unfavorable weather conditions, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

"Due to the unfavorable weather conditions in the Moscow area, a decision has been made to cancel the participation of aviation in the Victory Day parade on Red Square. The aircraft and helicopters engaged for participation in the Victory Day parade will return to their permanent aerodromes," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It was reported earlier that 72 crews would take in the air parade over Red Square on May 9.

Specifically, the air parade over Moscow’s Red Square was expected to involve Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, Il-78 refueling tanker aircraft, An-124 and Il-76MD military transport planes, Su-35S, Su-30SM, Su-27, MiG-29, MiG-31BM fighter jets, Su-34 and Su-24M frontline bombers, Su-25 attack aircraft, Yak-130 combat trainers and Mi-26, Mi-8AMTSh, Mi-28N, Ka-52 and Mi-35M helicopters.

The airborne part of the parade was planned to be opened by Mil Mi-26 and Mi-8 helicopters at an altitude of 150 meters.

The combat planes and helicopters expected to take part in the air parade were based on eight aerodromes in the Moscow, Tver, Bryansk, Saratov, Kaluga, Voronezh, Lipetsk and Nizhny Novgorod Regions.