Russia marks WWII victory anniversary with military parade – In Pics

An estimated 27 million of the former Soviet Union`s soldiers and civilians were killed in World War II.

Last Updated: May 09, 2016, 14:33 PM IST
Russia marks WWII victory anniversary with military parade – In Pics

Moscow: Russia on Monday staged a grandiose military parade through Moscow`s Red Square as part of nationwide celebrations to mark 71 years since the Soviet Union`s victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

Some 10,000 troops, tanks and nuclear missile systems swept across Red Square`s cobblestones in front of President Vladimir Putin, senior officials and a handful of war veterans.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev sat beside Putin at the Moscow parade, but other foreign leaders were not among the honoured guests.

Here are a few pictures of the event:

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 9, 2016.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 09, 2016.

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 09, 2016.

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 09, 2016.

Russian soldiers march during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on May 09, 2016.