Moscow: As many as ten thousand Russian soldiers marched through Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.
According to reports, seventy-one aircraft flew over Moscow to mark the occasion, including Sukhoi jets that took part in Russia’s military operation in Syria.
The grand parade marched through the central square carrying the Russian national flag, a copy of the Victory Banner that was hoisted over Berlin’s Reichstag in 1945, and the banner of the Russian Armed Forces.
President Vladimir Putin addressed the parade’s participants and said his country is willing to join forces with other states to fight the global threat of terrorism.
Russia’s newly-created Military Space forces and the National Guard participated in the parade for the first time this year. The country’s female servicemen also debuted at the event.
The event was broadcast live on state television channels and 20 television screens placed across Moscow.
Victory Day is Russia’s most important secular holiday and a key element of the national identity. The Soviet Union lost more than 20 million people in World War II after the Nazi army invaded in June 1941.