In pictures: Russia’s victory day parade

Images from Russia’s Victory Day parade which marks the anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. World War Two cost more than 20 million Soviet lives.

Russian military vehicles on Dvortsovaya Square during the Victory Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia,
Parades are taking place in 28 Russian cities including the capital Moscow, involving 65,000 people, 2,400 items of military hardware and more than 400 aircraft
Russian BMD-4 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles roll through the Red Square
Here the commanders of BMD-4 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles salute
Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at the Memorial to Hero Cities at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
During his speech Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian troops in eastern Ukraine are “defending the motherland”. Following the parade he laid flowers at the Memorial to Hero Cities at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with a military veteran
Mr Putin also met veterans of former conflicts
Russian servicemen on parade
Putin’s speech did not contain any major announcements about the conflict in Ukraine
Russian service members march past an honour guard in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia
An air display by the Russian airforce had to be cancelled. Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, blamed it on the weather conditions
A sniper stands in position
Snipers were seen looking down on the parade in Red Square
Buk-M3 missile systems in Red Square
The parade include a wide range of Russian weaponry including these Buk-M3 missile systems
Youth Army movement on parade.
Members of the Youth Army movement were also in Moscow
Russian service members take part in the Victory Day parade in St Petersburg, Russia
While Russian servicewomen paraded in St Petersburg
A Russian serviceman kisses his girlfriend
A Russian serviceman relaxes with his girlfriend following the parade

BBC

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