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    Three Russian servicemen, representing the Ground Forces, Air Force and Navy of the Russian Federation, were the last to march at the Beijing military parade, marking the 70th anniversary of China’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japan and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

    BEIJING (Sputnik) – Russian servicemen were the last to march in the military parade in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, marking the 70th anniversary of China’s victory in the War of Resistance against Japan and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

    The honorary closing position in the Thursday parade was granted to three Russian units, representing the Ground Forces, Air Force and Navy of the Russian Federation.

    Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Pakistan, Serbia and Tajikistan have also sent parade formations to Beijing, each consisting of 75 soldiers. Afghanistan, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Vanuatu and Venezuela have sent seven soldiers each.

    According to official sources, about 12,000 servicemen have taken part in the parade, including 11 infantry phalanxes, a mechanized convoy of 27 formations and ten echelons of aviation.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was among dozens of state leaders and high-ranking officials gathered on Tiananmen Square on Thursday.

    In May, a Victory Day parade was held in Moscow's Red Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany. The event was attended by leaders of nearly 30 countries, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    Chinese servicemen took part in the Moscow Victory Day parade.


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