On May 9, Russia celebrates the 72nd anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat in the Great Patriotic War, with the annual military parade taking place on Moscow's Red Square.
Let us pay our tributes to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and let us celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory.
We hear the “Farewell Slavianka” march, which was written more than a hundred years ago but is still dear to most Russians.
The orchestra now starts leaving the Red Square.
On May 9, it's cloudy and the weather is currently 3°C. It's possibly going to rain later in the day.
"Due to unfavorable weather conditions in the Moscow region, a decision was made to cancel the participation of aviation in the Victory Parade on the Red Square. The planes and helicopters that were expected to participate in the Victory Parade on Red Square will return to the airfields," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The sophisticated Russian-made Bumerang (Boomerang) is a wheeled armored personnel carrier/infantry fighting vehicle platform.
The RS-24 Yars was introduced into service in July 2010. It is an upgraded version of the Topol-M ballistic missile that can be fired both from a mobile launcher and silo.
The RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) carries ICBMs with multiple independently targetable nuclear warheads and has a range of 6,800 miles.
The S-400 Triumph is Russia's next-generation mobile surface-to-air missile system carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. It integrates a multifunctional radar, autonomous detection and targeting systems, anti-aircraft missile systems, launchers, and a command and control center.
Pantsir-S (NATO reporting name SA-22 Greyhound) is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system developed by KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula. The early versions go back to the mid-1990s and the current version entered service in 2012.
The system boasts the latest air defense technology by using phased-array radars for both target acquisition and tracking.
The system is armed with a pair of dual 2AQ38M 30 mm automatic cannons and up to twelve 57Eb-E two-stage solid fuel radio-command-guided surface-to-air missiles capable of hitting targets up to 20 kilometers away and at altitudes of up to 15 kilometers.
Tor-M2DT and Pantsir-SA air defense missile systems, which are the essence of the Arctic troops, are crossing the Red Square.
On the banner of the brigade there are seven battle medals.
A regiment of the 6th Separate Tank Brigade of the Russian Ground Forces is coming out onto the cobblestones.
A regiment of the 112th Guards Artillery (MRL) Brigade is crossing the Red Square.
Tanks of the 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division entered the Red Square.
The new T-72B3M variant of the T-72 main battle tank is taking part for the first time. First commissioned in 2016, the tank has upgraded protection, a more powerful engine and a new fire control system.
APCs based on Kurganets-25 military platform and a column of modern infantry fighting BMP-3 vehicles are crossing the Red Square. The group contains servicemen from the 27th Independent Sevastopol Guards Motor Riffle Brigade.
The Kurganets-25 platform can be fitted with a 30mm automatic cannon, a 7.62mm machine gun and four Kornet anti-tank guided missile launchers.
The first combat-ready vehicles are set to be produced by 2020 as only prototypes have been displayed so far.
The vehicles, built on a Kamaz-63968 chassis, have a 450 horsepower engine, automatic transmission, a hydropneumatic suspension providing for variable ground clearance, and are capable of highway cruising speeds up to 80 km/h. The cab of the vehicle is equipped with an on-board information and control system, providing data regarding engine operation, tilt, speed, and location, as well as real-time video readout of the vehicle's surroundings.
More significant is the Typhoon's integrated ceramic and steel armor and mine protection, including specially-made energy absorbing seats for crew and passengers, as well as a unique v-shaped underbody to improve the vehicle's ability to withstand blasts of up to 8 kg of TNT. Cabin protection gives the vehicle's crew the ability to withstand even a direct hit by armor-piercing incendiary rounds from a distance of 200 meters. The vehicle has roof hatches for emergency evacuation in case of roll, and is equipped with an air filtration system protecting occupants against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
The show of military vehicles starts with a motorcade of Tigr-M armored vehicles.
Infantry fighting vehicles are seen near the Kremlin Wall.
The massed band of the Moscow Garrison is moving towards GUM, the state department store at the far edge of the Red Square, making space for military vehicles to the sounds of flutes and drums.
Next in line are the military divisions of the country’s Western Military District represented by the servicemen of the Moscow Garrison.
Personnel of the 4th Guards Kantemirovkaya Tank Division, named after Yuri Andropov, walk across the Red Square.
A unit of the Dzerzhinsky Independent Operational Purpose Division of the Federal National Guard Troops Service of the Russian Federation enters the Red Square.
Its graduates were the first responders to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
This year the academy celebrates its 85th anniversary.
Cadets of the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School are marching across the Red Square.
Servicemen of the 331st Guards Airborne Regiment are marching through the Red Square.
Cadets of the Peter the Great Military Academy of Strategic Missile Forces are marching across the Red Square.
The Strategic Missile Forces are a reliable shield for our country.
The Strategic Missile Forces regiment contains cadets from the Peter the Great Military Academy’s branch in Serpukhov.
Female cadets of the Military University of the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Volsky Military Institute of Material Security are passing the podium at the Red Square.
This year female cadets of the Budyonny Military Academy of the Signal Corps and the Mozhaisky Military Space Academy pass the podium at the Red Square for the first time.
Cadets of the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping and the Naval Polytechnic Institute are taking part in the parade.
Marines of the 336th Independent Naval Infantry Brigade with the Baltic Fleet’s coast defense regiments are taking part in the parade.
Marines of the 61st Naval Infantry Brigade of the Russian Navy Naval Infantry participate in the parade for the first time.
The brigade successfully accomplished 127 long-distance campaigns.
Officers and cadets of the Zhukovsky-Gagarin Air Force Academy are passing first.
A regiment of the Mozhaisky Military Space Academy enters the Red Square. The academy has prepared military engineering personnel for the Russian army for more than 300 years.
Cadets of the Military University of the Ministry of Defense enter the Red Square.
The university prepares officers for the Russian Armed Forces. Over 300 graduates of the university have become Heroes of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.
Cadets of the Khrulev Military Academy for Logistics are passing the Red Square.
Graduates of the academy provide the material and technical support for the Russian Armed Forces.
Today, the movement amounts to 70,000 youth from all the regions of Russia.
Cadets of the oldest Tver Suvorov Military School are marching along the Red Square.
Closing ranks with their peers are cadets of the Nakhimov Navy School, whose fledglings today serve on all military vessels of the Russian Navy.
In 2016 the young men of Sevastopol, Vladivostok and Murmansk got the opportunity to become cadets of the Nakhimov Navy School as branches of the school were opened in these regions.
The flag bearers are accompanied by an assembled Honor Guard of the three armed forces: ground troops, air force and navy.
Parade commander Col Gen Oleg Salyukov heads the solemn military march.
The military parade is traditionally opened by the Drums Corps of the Moscow Military Music School, which sets the rhythm and tempo of the parading battalions.
Cadets of the Military Music School opened the very first Victory Parade on June 24, 1945.
This year the Drums Corps of the Moscow Military Music School celebrates its 80th anniversary.
"We must remeber that the victory was achieved at a price of human lives."
"There was no, there is no and there will be no force that could ever enslave our people. They fought to the bitter end, defending their homeland, and did what seemed impossible, they turned the bloody wheel of the Second World War back, drove the enemy from our land where it dared to come, crushed Nazism, put an end to its atrocities."
"And we will never forget that it was our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who brought the freedom to Europe and the long-awaited peace on the planet."
President Vladimir Putin declares a moment of silence.
"The consolidation of the efforts of all international community is necessary for the effective fight against terrorism, extremism, neo-nazism, other threats. We are open to this kind of cooperation."
"We will always guard Russia as you, the soldiers of the Victory, did it. And [we will] strengthen the traditions of patriotism, loyally serving the homeland. The lessons of the past war force us to be vigilant and the Russian Armed Forces are ready to repel any potential attack."
The address of the Russian president is followed by the national anthem.
The Russian Aerospace Forces showed high skills while performing special task of fighting against international terrorism and winning respect of the Syrian people.
Since September 2015, Russia has started its anti-terrorist operation in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Over the past year, more than 6,000 units of new armaments and military equipment entered into service in the Russian Armed Forces, including more than 470 armored vehicles, 130 planes and helicopters, as well as 40 underwater and overwater vessels.
Over the past year, the Russian Armed Forces have shown a high level of combat skills. Officers and soldiers are ready to accomplish any task to guarantee territorial integrity and security of the country.
He greets the troops on the 72nd anniversary of the World War II victory.
Russian Defense Minister Gen Sergei Shoigu and Col Gen Oleg Salyukov start to inspect the troops. The best servicemen of the 147th motor pool of the Russian Ministry of Defense are driving the cars. Their skills allow both motorcars to move simultaneously at the same speed.
The motorcars carrying the defense minister and the parade commander will meet and stop in the very center of Red Square.
The national flag of the Russian Federation and the Victory Banner of the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War are brought onto the Red Square by the honor guards of the 154th Independent Commandant's Preobrazhensky Regiment.
72 years ago, Sgt Mikhail Yegorov and Jr Sgt Meliton Kantaria of the 150th Idritskaya Division raised a Soviet flag over the Reichstag captured during the Battle for Berlin. This flag came down in history as the Victory Banner.
Every year on May 9, the Victory Banner returns to the main square of the country, leading the parade and reminding veterans about the glorious battle.
For many decades, the Preobrazhensky regiment has greeted honorable foreign guests, who take part in the events with the participation of the country’s leadership at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” memorial complex. This year the memorial has celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Kremlin clock chimes. The military parade dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic war begins.
The parade involving 10,001 troops, 114 units of military equipment and 72 aircraft will begin at 10:00 a.m. local time (07:00 GMT).
The event consists of three major parts, the infantry march, the procession of armored vehicles and a fly past column, involving military helicopters and airplanes.
This year's event is notable for the participation of 210 service women in the parade, which is twice as much as in 2016.
The vehicle part of the parade is marked by the presence of the newly developed Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system and the Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile system, both designed to operate in the Arctic.
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