Mystery over Putin’s Doomsday nuke plane as parade flyover is axed at 11th hour
A FLYOVER by Vladimir Putin’s Doomsday nuclear war command post plane was today mysteriously cancelled.
The plane had been due to take part in the annual Victory Day military parade on Red Square marking the defeat of Nazi Germany, presided over by the Russian tyrant.
The parade traditionally sees Russia display its military might with tanks, nuclear missiles and other hardware rumbling through Red Square and warplanes overhead.
Thousands of Russian troops also march past Putin and his top brass in the annual event.
But a flypast of the Doomsday plane was abruptly cancelled at the last minute in Moscow, ostensibly because of bad weather.
Blue sky and sun was, however, visible in Moscow during the parade leaving observers scratching their heads.
Putin frequently played God in the past two decades and ordered planes to spray early morning clouds with a chemical cocktail so as not to rain on his parade.
Yet the Soviet-era technology was evidently not deployed today.
And the mystery deepened when it emerged the Moscow fly past just one of ten Victory Day military air shows cancelled around Russia.
There has been speculation it was due to security reasons and the fear of attacks on aircraft.
The plane had appeared during rehearsals for the parade but failed to appear on the day itself.
The windowless Il-80 is one of four so-called Doomsday planes designed to act as a flying Kremlin in the sky in the event of a nuclear attack.
Putin would be able to rule Russia and issue commands to his military – including ordering nuke strikes – from the airborne command post.
The US equivalent are the Boeing E-4B planes based on the 747 airliner.
In a humiliating major security breach, the supposedly-impenetrable aircraft was targeted by a daring band of thieves in 2020.
Some 39 pieces of radio equipment were stolen after a cargo hatch was cracked open, the reports from Moscow say.
The equipment contained gold and platinum, which is reportedly seen as a possible motive for the theft.
It comes as..
It comes as Putin saw his victory parade humiliatingly hacked with a message telling Russians they had Ukrainian blood on their hands.
The hack impacted online viewers of various channels transmitted by the MTS mobile operator, NTV Plus, Rostelecom and Wink.
A caption appeared on screens saying: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands. TV and the authorities lie. No to war.”
Speaking at the parade, the Russian tyrant claimed the war in Ukraine had been necessary because the West was “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.
But so far a widely anticipated declaration of all-out war on Ukraine has failed to materialise.
The Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany has traditionally been a holiday of national pride, when the 27 million people who died are honoured.
Putin had been hoping for a swift victory in the Ukraine war to celebrate today.
But the faltering invasion has encountered stiff resistance with thousands of Russian soldiers killed and huge amounts of hardware destroyed by the hero Ukrainians.
Instead he was faced with Russian TV broadcasting and anti-war message, seen across the whole country.
The hack also hit Russian defence ministry channel TV Zvezda for watchers accessing via Yandex search engine.
“A cyberattack was carried out on Russian TV broadcasting channels, because of which subscribers could have extremist inscriptions in the broadcast grid,” said MTS in Siberia.
“Now our IT specialists are promptly eliminating the consequences of hack so that subscribers can receive services and watch TV programs and movies as quickly as possible.”