Photos show Russia’s massive ‘Victory Day’ parade in Moscow

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Russia held its “Victory Day” military parade on Monday to mark the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Over 65,000 people were expected to take part with 2,400 armament and material units.

The parade this year comes against the backdrop of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of its neighbor Ukraine, which has seen thousands killed and caused more than 5 million people to flee the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)
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People gather to watch the military parade in Moscow

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MAY 09: People attend to watch the military parade during 77th anniversary of the Victory Day in Red Square in Moscow, Russia on May 09, 2022. The Victory parade take place on the Red Square on 09 May to commemorate the victory of the Soviet Union’s Red Army over Nazi-Germany in WWII. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Russian servicewomen march on Red Square

Russian servicewomen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian servicemen ride military vehicles

Russian servicemen ride military vehicles during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)
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A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher on parade

A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian servicemen march across the square

Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Veterans and guests attend the Victory Day parade

Veterans and guests attend the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu arrives

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is driven along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Speaker of Russia’s lower house, Vyachslav Volodin, and Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova arrive to watch the military parade

Speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, Vyachslav Volodin and Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova arrive to watch the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square

TOPSHOT – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. – Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
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