Russia showcases military might in Hollywood action movie-esque aerial display – VIDEO

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Russia’s Ilyushin IL-76MD plane sparked delight as it sent a trail of flares across the sky above Migalovo, northwest of the capital city of Moscow. The incredible footage shows flares being fired out from under the wings of two aircrafts as a third followed at close distance. The display for the 90th celebration of Russia’s paratroopers’ was congratulated by President Vladimir Putin.

According to Sputnik News, President Putin said: “You are rightfully proud of the glorious history of the legendary ‘winged infantry’ and the Names of its founding fathers.

“Importantly, the current generation of soldiers and officers carries on with dignity the established military and patriotic traditions, holds sacred the laws of military brotherhood, and shows impeccable skills and loyalty to the Oath and the Fatherland in the most challenging emergency situations.”

The official holiday of the Soviet military’s first parachute flight, which was held during exercises near the southern Russian city of Voronezh in 1930, is held on August 2 each year.

It has since become a staple of Russia’s summertime holidays.

Russia’s health minister is preparing a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus for October, local news agencies reported on Saturday, after a vaccine completed clinical trials.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said the Gamaleya Institute, a state research facility in Moscow, had completed clinical trials of the vaccine and paperwork is being prepared to register it, Interfax news agency reported.

He said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated.

“We plan wider vaccinations for October,” Murashko was quoted as saying.

A source told Reuters this week that Russia’s first potential COVID-19 vaccine would secure local regulatory approval in August and be administered to health workers soon thereafter.

The Gamaleya Institute has been working on an adenovirus-based vaccine.

Yet the speed at which Russia is moving to roll it out has prompted some Western media to question whether Moscow is putting national prestige before science and safety.

The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, has likened what he said was Russia’s success in developing a vaccine to the Soviet Union’s 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.


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On Saturday, Russia reported 95 additional deaths from the novel coronavirus, taking its total to 14,058.

Officials reported 5,462 new cases, raising the total to 845,443.

More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data, including three developed in China and another in Britain.

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