|Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow on May 9, 2015. |
Russia marked the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
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(AFP News) - Russia has staged its largest military parade since the break-up of the Soviet Union to commemorate the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.
Around 16,000 troops took part in the parade on Red Square that also showcased cutting-edge weapons, such as the next-generation Armata T-14 tank, in one of the biggest Victory Day celebrations in decades.
President Vladimir Putin thanked Russia's key WWII allies — the United States, Britain and France — at the huge parade amid a Western boycott.
In what is seen as punishment for Kremlin meddling in Ukraine, Russia's World War II allies boycotted the festivities, leaving Mr Putin to mark the day in the company of the leaders of China, Cuba and Venezuela.
"Our fathers and grandfathers went through unbearable suffering, deprivation and losses," Mr Putin said at the beginning of the parade, feting the country's veterans and the "grandeur of victory over Nazism".
"We are grateful to the people of Great Britain, France and the United States for their contribution to victory."
He also thanked those who fought against the Nazis in other countries, including Germany.
Several hours after the main parade, Mr Putin unexpectedly joined the head of a 250,000-strong commemorative march on Red Square, clutching a portrait of his father who fought in the war.
"I think that my father, just like millions of simple soldiers — and he was a plain soldier — had every right to walk through this square," he said, briefly leading the vast crowd in the Kremlin-backed event dubbed the "Immortal Regiment".
He said the Immortal Regiment was a tribute to the country's fallen soldiers and civilians but was also a sign of Russia's strength.
"It also speaks of our self-confidence, confidence in our strength and the happy future for our children," he said.Read More . . . .
|The Immortal Regiment|
500,000 people took to the streets in Russia with portraits of their ancestors who fought in World War II to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in an event called the "Immortal Regiment" march.
|Putin holds a portrait of his father as he takes part in |
the "Immortal Regiment" march in Moscow.
World War II veterans gathered to watch the Victory Day parade at Red Square.
Reuters: Ria Novosti