Military parade on Red Square on May 9, 2018 to commemorate the victory of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany
Russia celebrated on Wednesday the 73rd anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany with a military parade on Moscow’s Red Square presided over by President Vladimir Putin.
“Our people fought to the death, no country suffered such an invasion,” Putin said before opening the parade, during which Russia exhibited its most flamboyant armor and planes.
From left to right, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigou, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 9, 2018 witnessing the military parade
After the speech, Putin bowed to the tomb of the unknown soldier in the company of Serbian President Aleksander Vucic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
On Wednesday afternoon, Putin and Netanyahu must hold a meeting during which they will evoke the decision of the United States to withdraw from the agreement with Iran.
Israel announced its “full support” to the decision of US President Donald Trump.
Instead, Russia said he was “deeply disappointed”.
Before the veterans of the Second World War, Putin said that on May 9 will remain a holiday and “a sacred day for every family.”
World War II left almost 27 million dead in the Soviet Union.
The victory of 1945 has become a founding myth of Russian patriotism and greatness.
In the speech, Putin denounced those who want to “rewrite history” and minimize the role of the Soviet Union in victory against the Nazis.
“There are those who try to erase the exploits of our people to save Europe from slavery, from the disappearance, from the horrors of the Holocaust,” Putin said.
In Russia there are still 1.6 million veterans of World War II, according to the Russian Ministry of Labor.
Fighter aircraft draw the Russian flag in the sky during the military parade on May 9, 2018 at the Red Square in Moscow
In all Russian cities there were parades or ceremonies commemorating the victory as well as at the Russian military base of Hmeimim in Syria, where the Russian army supports President Bashar al-Assad.
In Moscow fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets overflew the military parade, in which an armored vehicle “Terminator” participated.
Russian-made drones and a deminer used in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Palmira were also presented for the first time.
In total more than 13,000 soldiers along with 75 aircraft and 84 armored vehicles participated in the parade of the Red Square, according to the Ministry of Defense.