On anniversary of Nazi defeat, Putin vows to strengthen Russian military

Victory Parade in Moscow’s Red Square

Victory Parade in Moscow’s Red Square

Tens of thousands of people marched through the centre of Moscow on Thursday in the Immortal Regiment March holding old fading portraits of their relatives who fought in the World War II as Russian Federation commemorates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

Addressing the Victory Day military parade in Red Square, Putin called on all countries to accept joint responsibility for creativing an effective security system "equal for all".

"We will further strengthen the prestige of military service and the authority of soldiers, officers and defenders of the Fatherland", Putin said.

He added: "At the same time, Russian Federation is open for cooperation with all who are ready to resist terrorism, neo-Nazism and extremism".

"Today, we can observe how a number of states deliberately distort the events of the war, how they commemorate those who, forgetting the honor and human dignity, served the Nazis, shamelessly lying to their children, betraying their ancestors", Putin added.

"Our sacred duty is to defend true heroes".

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reviews the troops during the Victory Day military parade at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 7, 2019.

More than 130 items of armaments were showcased, including a T-34 tank, Tigr-M armored vehicles, Kamaz Typhoon mine-resistant vehicles, T-72B3 and T-14 Armata tanks, Iskander-M ballistic missiles, BM-30 rocket launchers and Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile systems, among others.

The aviation demonstration was cancelled due to bad weather.

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