May 9, 2017
R Putin was defeated by the weather today, despite spending £1.3 million to spike the clouds with a chemical cocktail to supposedly guarantee sunshine on his vast annual military parade.
A 72-aircraft Red Square fly-past was grounded because of low cloud over the Kremlin, thwarting his bid to showcase his air force and honour Russian pilots who have served in Syria.
The Soviet “weather changing” technology successfully prevented rain on Putin’s parade but failed to disperse the thick low cloud so only a display of armoured vehicles and missile systems went ahead.
Earlier one of his military commanders had vowed the monster parade of Russia’s firepower would lead the countries enemies to “salivate”.
Putin told the annual 9 May commemoration of the end of the Second World War in Europe in the presence of many veterans: “We will always guard Russia just as you, the soldiers of the Victory, did. And [we will] strengthen the traditions of patriotism, loyally serving the homeland.