Russia stages spectacular Victory Day parade at Red Square

16:47, May 09, 2010      

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Russian soldiers march during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War, at the Red Square in Moscow May 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Lu Jinbo)

Russia started celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War on Sunday with a military parade at the Red Square in central Moscow.

At 10:00 a.m. Moscow time (0600 GMT), the parade started when Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and the Moscow Military District Commander Valery Gerasimov inspected and saluted the troops with festival greetings.

"I congratulate you on the jubilee of the great victory," Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in his address at the beginning of the parade.

"This war made us a strong nation ... We have won not simply a military victory but also a moral victory," he said.

The parade, which was accompanied by over 50 Russian and foreign military orchestras, is divided into the military personnels' march, the parade of military armaments on the ground and in the sky.

Russia's newest ground-based missile launcher, the Topol-M, and the Pantsir-S air defense system made their debut at the Red Square.

Source: Xinhua

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