As it was expected, the aggressor tried to emphasize the fake “unity” of the so-called “Russian world” by holding “mass events” in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Russian invaders managed to gather more or less “mass actions”, with the broad involvement of the Russian military, colonizers and members of their families, only in the occupied Simferopol and Sevastopol. In the rest of the Crimean cities, “in the best Soviet traditions”, schools and “budget institutions” were forsed to provide mass participation, but it turned out to be very unconvincing.

In occupied Melitopol, Russian invaders managed to achieve a picture of the “mass celebration of victory” of a couple of thousand people solely by importing “mass”, in particular from the few supporters of “Russian world” from the villages of the region. Accordingly, the “holiday” did not take place in these villages, and only a few cars took part in the Melitopol for so called “victory race”. A similar situation has developed in Berdyansk.

The aggressor’s “show” in Kherson was also not numerous, and in other towns of the Kherson region several dozen retirees came out to “celebrate”. At the same time, residents of the occupied territories drew attention to the absence during the “parades” of the invaders’ aviation component, not only in the zone of aggression, but also in the cities of Russia itself, including Moscow.

This is not surprising, because so far the Russians have concentrated own combat-ready aircraft in the combat zone and at the “front airfields”. In particular, in Crimea, more than 20 “Su-24” and “Su-25” planes gathered to “celebrate” on May 9 at the Hvardiyske base, the aggressor gathered more than 60 planes at the Belbek base, and more than a dozen – at the Kacha base, including transport planes.

Another aggressor’s “objective” problem was in the minimum quantity of World War II veterans that the Russian propagandists were able to use in the “holiday events”.

Instead of the real victims of the war, the occupiers en masse recruited all sorts of “veterans of the Soviet army” who took part in the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Attempts to “replace” veterans with the dead participants in the Russian aggression took place only in some places, where Russian special services consider the situation under their control.

This was allowed only to specially selected collaborators and occupiers, such as the pseudo-“governor” of Sevastopol, who walked with a portrait of the aggressor’s deputy commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Maxim Paliy, who died in March 2022 in Mariupol.

Given that the death of the FSB-controlled Paliy was very “timely” due to the Russian special services’ preparation repression against Sevastopol admirals for failures during the aggression against Ukraine, it was his portrait in the hands of a fake “governor” had some signs of tragicomism.