On 24 June, Russia celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, with military parades and celebrations held across the country.
This year, the Victory Day parade was outstanding in many ways, as the celebration had to be rescheduled due to health concerns. The event was held on 24 June, exactly 75 years after triumphant Soviet soldiers marched through Red Square after defeating Nazi Germany and saving Europe.
Usually, the Victory Day parade is held on 9 May in Russia and several former republics of the Soviet Union. This year, however, the Russian authorities decided to move the event to 24 June amid the severe coronavirus situation.
The parade was earlier rescheduled from 9 May to 24 June amid the restrictive COVID-19 measures imposed in Russia. The date was chosen to commemorate the historic parade of triumphant Red Army troops in Moscow held 75 years ago today.
Russia usually celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War on 9 May, but the military parades were cut to only include aerial programmes due to the limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier in the day, Moscow hosted an air show over Red Square and the Kremlin. A number of other festivities, including the military parade on Red Square, had to be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The country planned vast celebrations for Victory Day, but some events, including the usual parade and the Immortal Regiment march, had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in serious restrictive measures in Moscow and other regions.
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