Moscow – Russia Marks Victory Day With Massive Military Parade (photos-video)


    Russian army howitzers move along Red Square during the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Thousands of Russian troops march on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation's military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Moscow – Thousands of Russian troops are marching on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation’s military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.

    President Vladimir Putin made no reference to the situation in Ukraine when he opened Friday’s parade, focusing on the historic importance of the victory over Nazi Germany.

    Victory Day is Russia’s most important secular holiday and a key element of the national identity, reflecting the nation’s enormous suffering and honoring millions of victims of World War II.

    The holiday also offers a chance to display the nation’s massive military arsenal.

    About 11,000 troops proudly marched across Red Square to the tunes of marches and patriotic songs. Some 150 military vehicles and about 70 combat aircraft took part in the show.

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    9 years ago

    All Jews should be celebrating this day and thanking Russians for their sacrifice. But we are ignorant of WWII history. It was only thanks to Red Army that Nazi Germany was defeated. Eastern Front was where most of WWII battles took place. 13 million Soviet soldiers died to defeat Germans compared to 500,000 casualties on U.S. side. If Hitler would defeat Soviet Army, Holocaust would have gone on and millions more Jews would be gassed. Africa and West Europe would fall and no D-Day would save Europe from Third Reich occupation. Israel’s fate would be predictable too.