World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian army celebrated May 9 Victory Day with an enormous military parade and made a splendid display of power with nuclear arms in Moscow’s Red Square on Thursday.
Russia celebrates on May 9 marks the final defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union in World War II.
This year, some 10 million people and over 8,500 festive events, including 24 military parades, in more than 4,000 Russian cities and towns are celebrating the Victory day across the country. More than 160,000 police officers and about 13,000 servicemen are involved in maintaining security during nationwide Victory Day celebrations in Russia on Thursday.
More than 20,000 police officers and interior troops deployed to maintain security during the Victory Parade on Red Square and other festive events in the Russian capital, according to the Moscow police. All visitors underwent security screening by metal detectors. Almost 4,000 servicemen were deployed in cities around Moscow, where some 143 large-scale public events took placed.
The parade on Red Square began on Thursday morning and is seen as a key episode of the Victory Day celebrations in Russia.
This year's parade involved over 11,000 servicemen and about 100 military vehicles, including Topol-M ballistic missile launchers, S-400 Triumf air defense systems, Pantsyr-S1 air defense systems, Iskander-M missile launchers, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, and T-90 main battle tanks.
A total of 68 combat aircraft flew over Red Square, including Su-27 and MiG-29 fighters from the famous Russian Knights and Strizhi aerobatics teams.Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2013, 17:09