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Russian defense minister praises VE Day parade rehearsal

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Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov praised the level of preparedness for this year's VE Day parade in Moscow after attending a dress rehearsal Saturday.
MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov praised the level of preparedness for this year's VE Day parade in Moscow after attending a dress rehearsal Saturday.

"All the participating units are fully prepared for the May 9 parade, and no further training is envisaged," spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov quoted the minister as saying.

The parade, to mark the 62nd anniversary of Russia's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, will take place on Moscow's Red Square. The Frunze airfield, on the northern outskirts, was used as the dress rehearsal's venue.

Some 7,000 troops will march along the Russian capital's central square next Wednesday, and nine Su-27 and MiG-29 Flankers will fly overhead in a lozenge-shaped configuration.

The parade will also include a historical pageant, with servicemen featuring military uniforms and flags from the WWII era.

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