NIGHT DRILL OF VICTORY DAY PARADE TO TAKE PLACE IN MOSCOW RED SQUARE

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MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) - On April 29, the first night drill of the Victory Day parade will take place in Moscow's Red Square. The Victory Day parade will be devoted to the 59th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War. Russia celebrates this day on May 9.

"The first night drill will take place on April 29. It will start at 10 p.m.," a spokesman for the press service of the Moscow Military District said.

According to him, all units, which will take part in the Victory Day parade on May 9, will participate in the night drill.

"The dress drill is slated for May 7 on the Khodynskoye Pole in Moscow. Army General Ivan Efremov will take the salute during the dress drill," the spokesman said.

On May 9, servicemen who took part in combat operations in Afghanistan and Chechnya will take part in the parade, a press release by the Defense Ministry press service reads.

Military equipment will not be shown during the parade. The fact that it is technically impossible for the equipment to get to the Red Square via Tverskaya Street as new facilities were constructed in the Manezhnaya Square accounts for it, the Moscow Military District spokesman reported.

He also stressed that WWII veterans would not take part in the parade as "we cannot expose senior people to serious physical stress while the drilling." The spokesman emphasized that all veterans would be able to participate in celebrations as spectators.

According to the press service, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov will take the salute. Commander of the Moscow Military District will command the parade.

A company of young military drummers will follow the commander's vehicle.

They will be followed by famous units bearing the state flag of the Russian Federation, the Banner of Victory, Banner of the Russian Federation Armed Forces, servicemen with combat standards, by the Color Company and the Guard of Honor of the three branches of the Russian Federation Armed Forces.

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