Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

1. Newly-inaugurated Russian President Vladimir Putin presided 

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

2. Two days after Putin’s swearing-in, more than 14,000 servicemen

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

3. Columns of around 100 units of military hardware rolled across

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

4. Putin reinforced Russia’s key role in winning World War II

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

5. Because it was our country that took on itself the chief

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

6. And that means we have a future and we will do all 

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

7. On a chilly overcast morning, many of the medal-decked veterans

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

8. The air force confirmed its jets had taken to the skies

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

9. Victory Day is Russia’s most important secular holiday.

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

10. The Soviet Union lost an estimated 26 million people in the war

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

11. Among the thousands of spectators along the square

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

12. Your courage and ability to love and defend your homeland

Russia marks Victory Day with a military parade on Red Square in Moscow

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