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We hope you like them as well!
Happy May to you and yours! We hope spring has sprung wherever you call home. We’re so excited to enjoy the sunshine, budding greenery, and warm breezes. Grab something yummy to drink and take a walk around the block, soaking up some vitamin D and enjoying the view of life returning after the cold winter. Before you head out, take a moment to check out this 30-centimeter Pléiades Neo 3 image collected in Moscow, Russia on May 9, 2022 at 11:57 AM local time. This image was captured during the Victory Day Parade held in Moscow’s Red Square.
The Victory Day Parade was intended to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s role in the defeat of Nazi Germany during World War II, as well as to give a nod to the 1945 Moscow Victory Parade that took place to celebrate the capitulation. This intention was at best ironic, and at worst hypocritical, given the 2022 parade took place during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Indeed, Russian military vehicles rolled through the streets of Moscow during the Victory Day Parade, producing a perverted facsimile of the warcrafts simultaneously roaming the country of Ukraine. There was even supposed to be a fly over of the Russian Air Force during the festivities, though it, “was ostensibly cancelled due to weather, though the ground portion of the parade took place with good visibility and under only somewhat cloudy skies.”
Some Ukrainian officials feared Russian President Vladimir Putin would openly declare war on Ukraine during the festivities, but the event unfurled without any such declarations. A summary of the address Putin made during the Victory Parade can be found here.
We love to add movement to our work break, and after reflecting on the questionable circumstances surrounding the 2022 Victory Parade, we might need to take a longer-than-usual walk to blow off some steam, or at least channel it into a productive outlet. Hopefully the sun will help cheer us up a bit.
Have a great rest of your workday! 😊
(Image Courtesy: Airbus DS. Processed by Apollo Mapping for improved color accuracy and clarity.)