LIVE: Russia marks the 77th Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War with a military parade on Moscow’s Red Square

Moscow’s Red Square hosts this May 9 the military parade commemorating the 77th anniversary of the victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) over Nazi Germany.

This year 11,000 people will form part of the event. The parade of military equipment will be led by a T-34 tank, the most numerous Soviet tank during the war. Next will be Taifun armored vehicles, BMP-2, BMP-3 and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles, as well as T-72B3M, T-90M and T-14 Armata tanks.

In addition, units of Iskander-M tactical-operational missile systems, Tornado-G multiple rocket launcher systems, S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems, along with mobile-based RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles, among others, will participate.

In Russia, the period of the Second World War that goes from the Nazi invasion of the USSR, which began on June 22, 1941 and lasted until the fall of Berlin, and the capitulation of Germany, is called the ‘Great Patriotic War’. on May 9, 1945. It is estimated that more than 26 million Soviets lost their lives in those four years of conflict.

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