Ukraine has mocked Russia's big day by holding a parade of its own using captured Russian tanks.
May 9 was the Kremlin's Victory Day Parade, which commemorates Russia's 1945 victory over the Nazis.
It's also a chance for Russia to show off its impressive military arsenal and all the shiny new warfare toys it won't hesitate to use.
But Ukraine took the opportunity to troll its enemy on their highly anticipated moment.
The 93rd #UAarmy Brigade held a parade of trophy russian tanks, ruining the holiday for the occupiers. Maybe aggressors think that by arming #UAarmy with russian trophy equipment, it will affect the turn of NATO-style armament? New clever plan. pic.twitter.com/oJS7jfmm3x— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 9, 2022
Ukraine's Ministry of Defence posted on Twitter showing how one section of the army decided to put on its own parade using captured Russian tanks.
"The 93rd #UAarmy Brigade held a parade of trophy Russian tanks, ruining the holiday for the occupiers," the Ministry said.
"Maybe aggressors think that by arming #UAarmy with Russian trophy equipment, it will affect the turn of NATO-style armament? New clever plan."
This year's Victory Day Parade in Moscow's Red Square was a more subdued scene compared to previous years.
There were only 131 piece of military equipment on show, compared to last year's 190, according to the Independent.
Fighter jet fly overs also had to be cancelled due to 'adverse weather conditions'.
That wasn't the only awkward thing to happen to Russia on its big day.
Hackers hijacked Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech to spread some pretty hard truths about the Ukrainian invasion.
They took advantage of the nationwide attention to tell the Russian public what the military has really been up to during their 'special operation' in the neighbouring country.
The widespread hack impacted various television channels - with the name of every TV show changed to: "The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of their children is on your hands. TV and the authorities lie. No to war."
Today, teletexts in #Russia state: "You have blood on your hands. Thousands of #Ukrainians and hundreds of their children have been killed. TV and the authorities lie. No to war". pic.twitter.com/jgXdRIzyGY— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 9, 2022
Despite the anti-Ukraine war messaging being blasted out to millions during the celebrations, Putin used his captive audience to tell Russians that invading Ukraine was a necessary move to avert 'a threat that was absolutely unacceptable to us [that] has been methodically created next to our borders'.
"The danger was rising by the day," Putin told crowds at Red Square, as reported by the ABC.
Putin also stressed that the invasion of Ukraine was a 'forced, timely and the only correct decision by a sovereign, powerful and independent country'.
The Russian leader then directly addressed soldiers fighting in Donbas, a now-war torn patch in eastern Ukraine that Russia is trying to 'liberate' from Kyiv.
"You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of World War II," he said, according to the New Daily.
"So that there is no place in the world for executioners, castigators and Nazis."
Featured Image Credit: Defence of Ukraine/Twitter
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