Along with Moscow, the parade also took place in nearly 30 oblasts and cities across Russia. More than 13,000 military personnel, 132 pieces of military equipment and 74 aircraft of all types and branches of the Russian armed forces, took part in the military parade on Red Square. Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces Oleg Salyukov is commanding the parade.
On the same day, many other activities to commemorate the Victory Day also took place in most squares and public places across Russia, such as performing outdoor concerts and screening documentary films. In Moscow, the descendants of Russian veterans, who fought in World War II take part in the Immortal Regiment march. Russian President Vladimir Putin also participated in the march.
* On May 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that Russia would continue enhancing its defense capabilities and keep strengthening its armed forces. In addition, the President said that Russia is open to cooperation with all countries, and is ready to participate in activities against terrorism and extremism in the world.
* On this occasion, the Russian President Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent greetings to veterans of the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War and the Ukrainian people.The President also expressed his deep gratitude to all the brave veterans who fought to defend the country.
* On May 9, the anniversary of the Victory Day was held in many countries of the former Soviet Union. In Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko led the national delegation to offer flower at the Victory Monument and congratulated the Belarusian people on the Victory Day.
In Ukraine, Ukainian people lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Kiev and in some other cities on Victory Day. The main celebration activity in Ukraine is the Immortal Regiment march in Kiev and the major cities. Some activities were also held in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
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