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Russia celebrates WWII victory with military parade

Nationwide celebrations marking 72 years since the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Updated May 09, 2017 11:50pm

Russia on Tuesday staged a grandiose military parade through Moscow's Red Square as part of nationwide celebrations to mark 72 years since the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

“The lessons of past war force us to remain alert and the armed forces of Russia are capable of warding off any potential aggression,” President Putin said as he presided over the parade.

Thousands of troops, tanks and nuclear missile systems swept across Red Square's cobblestones in front of President Vladimir Putin, senior officials and war veterans.

An estimated 27 million of the former Soviet Union's soldiers and civilians were killed in World War II and the Red Army's triumph in the war is viewed as a huge source of pride in Russia.

A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system. -AFP
A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system. -AFP

Russian S-400 Triumph long-range surface-to-air missile systems ride through Red Square. -AFP
Russian S-400 Triumph long-range surface-to-air missile systems ride through Red Square. -AFP

A T-14 Armata tank rides through Red Square. -AFP
A T-14 Armata tank rides through Red Square. -AFP

A T-14 Armata tank rides through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
A T-14 Armata tank rides through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Russian T-72B3 main battle tanks ride through Red Square. -AFP
Russian T-72B3 main battle tanks ride through Red Square. -AFP

Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzers ride through Red Square. -AFP
Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzers ride through Red Square. -AFP

A BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne armoured personnel carrier and BMD-4M Sadovnitsa infantry fighting vehicles ride through Red Square. -AFP
A BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne armoured personnel carrier and BMD-4M Sadovnitsa infantry fighting vehicles ride through Red Square. -AFP

A BMP-3 armoured vehicle rides through Red Square. -AFP
A BMP-3 armoured vehicle rides through Red Square. -AFP

A Tigr all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle rides through Red Square. -AFP
A Tigr all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle rides through Red Square. -AFP

Russian TOR-M2 tactical surface-to-air missile systems of the Arctic Air Defence Division ride through Red Square. -AFP
Russian TOR-M2 tactical surface-to-air missile systems of the Arctic Air Defence Division ride through Red Square. -AFP

Russian servicemen in march during the Victory Day military parade. -Reuters
Russian servicemen in march during the Victory Day military parade. -Reuters

Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
Russian servicemen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Russian servicewomen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
Russian servicewomen march at Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Russian artillery fires in salute during the Victory Day military parade. -Reuters
Russian artillery fires in salute during the Victory Day military parade. -Reuters

President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany during World War II at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. -AFP
President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany during World War II at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. -AFP

President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with veterans after the Victory Day military parade. -AFP
President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with veterans after the Victory Day military parade. -AFP

Snipers secure the area during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow. -AFP
Snipers secure the area during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in Moscow. -AFP

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