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Photos: Russia’s World War Two parade mixes aging warriors and shiny new weapons

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Military muscle.
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

The Russians go all out when celebrating the anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two. For the Kremlin, it’s an occasion to tout the country’s triumphant past and flex today’s military muscle. This year’s 71st anniversary parade, held on May 9 in Moscow’s Red Square, included 10,000 servicemen and women, 135 military vehicles and 71 aircraft.

As bombers and fighters zoomed through the air, massive missile launchers drove through Moscow. Some of the aircraft and missile defense system models had been used recently on the ground in Syria. Many veterans who are nearing their hundredth birthdays joined the parade: more than 20 million Soviet soldiers and civilians died in World War Two.

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A World War Two veteran.
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AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
The current generation.
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
Russian S-400 air defense missile systems.
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Iskander-M missile launchers at rehearsal before the parade.
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Reuters/Grigory Dukor
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech.
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Veteran Antonina Korolyova, 94.
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Rehearsal.
AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Veteran Dmitry Fillipov, 90.
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People hold pictures of World War Two soldiers as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march.
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Rehearsal the night before.
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Military vehicles preparing to descend on the Red Square.

 

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