From Kaliningrad to Vladivostok: Regions of Russia Celebrating Victory Day

От Калининграда до Владивостока: российские регионы празднуют День Победы

In spite of coronavirus and self-isolation, the regions of Russia will be holding official celebrations of the 75th Day of Victory in the Great Patriotic War, this May 9.

On this day, Kaliningrad will be enjoying a sky parade: 20 aircraft and helicopters of the Baltic fleet will fly over the city. The ZiS-6 guns, that took part in the Königsberg Offensive, will color the night sky with fireworks.

In Saint Petersburg, five ships will enter the waters of the Neva river accompanied by war-time music while military aircraft fly over the city. All-day there will be live broadcasts of concerts and in the evening the traditional celebratory gunfire will sound near the Peter and Paul Fortress.

In Veliky Novgorod, parade delegations will march by the houses of war veterans, and the holiday concert titled "Memory of Years Past is Still Alive," recorded in the empty hall of the Novgorod Regional Philharmonic, will be shown on TV.

On Victory Day, Central regions will host concerts near homes of veterans, traditional fireworks and air shows, and play war-time music and songs in the streets.

The administration of the Kaluga Region has urged everyone to join the international campaign "Memory Garden" and plant a tree in their area. Su-30 jet fighters and Su-25 strike fighters will form the number 75 in the air above Rostov-on-Don. The artists of the SMD collective will perform shows in the courtyards of the city.

Air parades will fly over Krasnodar and Novorossiysk, too. On Victory Day, fireworks will illuminate the skies of Sevastopol, Kerch, and Simferopol. Over 50 airplanes and helicopters of the Black Sea fleet and other armies will march in the sky over these hero cities. A parade of military ships will line up in Sevastopol. For the first time ever, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory, the entire parade line will fire blank artillery shots.

Volgograd will be hosting the "Immortal Regiment" campaign but instead of a parade, a column of retro cars and military machines with portraits of heroes of the Soviet Union will march along the streets. Such cars as UAZ, GAZ, Willys, Katyusha, and T-34 tanks will participate. The Light of the Great Victory campaign, held annually on the Mamayev Kurgan since 2016 as a video installation, will be demonstrated as a TV and Internet broadcast without live audience.

On their way from Engels airbase to the parade in Moscow, Tu-95 aircraft will fly over Saratov. The medal "Golden Star" of the General Major Minigali Shaymuratov will be delivered from the capital to Ufa. He was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Russia, for bravery and heroism in the battle against Nazi occupants during the Great Patriotic War.

For the "Voices of Victory" campaign, the song "Victory Day" will be translated into the Udmurt and played in the streets of Izhevsk. The "Lanterns of Victory" flash mob will be held in the Perm Region: citizens will light candles, flashlights, and phone screens in their windows, all at the same time. Retro cars will drive in a parade along the streets of towns and villages of the Orenburg Region.

For the first time, a column of 11 military trucks with banners depicting the main stages of the War will drive along the streets of Ekaterinburg, together with a tram platform styled after front-line concert brigades, while artists of the CMD collective will be performing war-time songs. 22 airplanes and helicopters of the tactical, army, and transport aviation will fly above the capital of Ural.

In total, about 100 airplanes and helicopters will take part in the Victory Day parade in all regions of the EMD. Jet fighters from Komsomolsk-on-Amure will fly over Birobidzhan, Blagoveshchensk, and Belogorsk (Amur Region). 30 aircraft will fly above Khabarovsk, including helicopters Mi-8AMTSh, Ka-52, military airplanes An-26, An-12, Tu-134, jet fighters Su-35S, and Su-34 bombers.

Several cities of the Russian Far East: Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Ussuriysk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Belogorsk, Chita, Ulan-Ude, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky will celebrate this day with fireworks. In total, 60 units of military machinery and 900 authorized personnel will take part in the celebrations.

Due to the coronavirus epidemic, most events in the Russian regions will be held in online format broadcast on local TV channels.