Vladimir Putin staged Russia’s biggest ever Victory Day military parade on the Red Square as he displayed the country’s formidable armaments in a show of strength directed at the West. Many world leaders claimed they were boycotting the event because of Russia’s continued role in the Ukraine crisis.
The Daily Mail reported that thousands of troops marched across the historic cobblestones with formidable-looking new high-tech armour including T-14 Armata tanks were on show for the first time.
Britain – like many leading world nations – boycotted the event because of Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis. Russia is regularly accused of arming separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, but its officials deny the allegations.
More than 6,000 people have been killed since fighting began in April 2014 in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The US, Australia, Canada and most of the EU heads of state snubbed the celebrations in Russia today.
Despite that, US actor Steven Seagal – said to be one of Putin’s favorite celebrity icons – was spotted at the display. With dark black hair and beard and sporting tinted glasses, the action hero was sat amongst former military personnel and members of the public in the crowd, watching the celebrations.
Winston Churchill’s grandson Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames represented the Prime Minister.
Russian Kurganets-25 armoured personnel carriers are fitted with guns that are controlled remotely by the crew and can be fitted with larger cannons
Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade
A Russian strategic ballistic missile RS-24 Yars launching vehicle
Russian Su-25 assault aircraft’s release smoke in the colors of the Russian flag while flying above the Kremlin
Some 16,500 troops from across Russia are marching past Lenin’s Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral to commemorate their war dead
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu cuts a stern face as he salutes while his car makes its way down Red Square
Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems
Russian infantry fighting vehicle with the Armata Universal Combat Platform makes its way through Red Square
Russian Typhoon-U all-terrain armoured vehicles with enhanced protection are shown off
Russian BUK-M2/SA-17 Grizzly medium-range battlefield surface-to-air missile system
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the parade that was snubbed by many leading world nations
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping watch the parade in what was a show of Russia’s military force
Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cuban supremo Raul Castro, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma also attended. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a message to Mr Putin wishing him success ‘in the formation of a powerful Russia’.
Thousands of people congregate in Moscow’s Red Square to take part in the Immortal Regiment march during today’s celebrations
Ceremonial unit soldiers march during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary since the end of Nazism in Europe
Mil Mi-26 Halo helicopter fly over the Red Square
Russian servicemen march, looking resplendent in their uniform, salute and march through Moscow
Russian armored vehicles during the Victory Day military parade to mark 70 years since the fall of Nazi Germany
Steven Seagal – said to be one of Putin’s favorite celebrity icons can be seen in attendance
President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a light moment as they sit with Laura Bush and other heads of state during a military parade marking the end of World War II in Moscow’s Red Square, Monday, May 9, 2005. White House photo by Eric Draper
Watch the Victory Day parade in Moscow’s Red Square held today.
Photos courtesy of Daily Mail