Why Victory Day in Russia is different this year?

Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany in World War II on May 9. Fewer Russian tanks and other military hardware will rumble through Moscow’s Red Square on Monday due to the invasion of Ukraine. The patriotic fervor associated with the sacred holiday, however, could be as strong as ever. This year’s Victory Day won’t just honor a conflict that ended 77 years ago. Many Russians will be thinking about the thousands of troops fighting in neighboring Ukraine.