Slideshow: Victory Day Parades in Moscow’s Red Square

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Russia is commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany with a major military parade in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9.

May 9 is one of the biggest state holidays in Russia, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. It is both about commemorating the sacrifices made to achieve that victory, and showing Russia’s military strength.

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President Vladimir Putin, attended the parade with other senior Russian officials, told participants that Russia will ensure that it always has the highest-level defensive capacity.

More than 13,000 troops and 130 pieces of military hardware are taking part in the parade, which is being broadcast nationally.

Photos:  EPA-EFE

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