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The 66th annual Victory Parade took part in Moscow yesterday. The celebration of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II has been observed since June 1945. The Great Patriotic War was the common term for World War II in the Soviet Union. The event provides an opportunity for Russia to show the world it’s military might and this year the size of the parade was double the size of last year.
The advanced S-400 Triumph air defense missiles and the pride of Russia’s nuclear defense systems, the Iskander-M anti-craft missiles and the Topol-M ballistic missiles all appeared in the parade. A group of Mi-8 multirole helicopters flew over Red Square during the parade, carrying Russia’s national colors.
The troops and cadets, were all in new-style field uniforms introduced to the Russian armed forces this year.
The president, accompanied by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and other senior officials, foreign guests and hundreds of war veterans, watched the parade from a podium in front of Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum.
In April, Putin promised to spend 20 trillion rubles (718 billion U.S. dollars) over the next 10 years to renew Russia’s armaments.