Russia will hold the Victory Day parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory against the Nazis in World War II, on June 24.
“We will do this on June 24, the day when the legendary, historic parade of winners took place, when fighters who fought near Moscow and defended Leningrad, who fought near Stalingrad, liberated Europe and stormed Berlin, walked along Red Square,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an online meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Traditionally held on May 9 every year, it was postponed in light of COVID-19 pandemic. In late April, the ministry asked its military personnel that had been rehearsing for the parade to return to their home bases.
Troops taking part in the event were quarantined and military equipment were disinfected.
Around 15,000 troops and 400 pieces of military equipment were estimated to take part in the parade this year.
This year’s edition of the event will see Russia’s Buk M3 air defense system making its debut. Fifty-five aircraft including Su-57 stealth jets, Su-35S fighters, Tu-160 bombers and attack helicopters will fly past the Red Square during the parade.
Putin also announced that Immortal Regiment march, a tradition in which millions of people across Russia parade with portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II, will take place on July 26, coinciding with Navy Day.