Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Russia military on display

This year's May 9 parade marks the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Not only is the day celebrated as a major holiday, Russia also uses the parade as an opportunity to put its military on display and show off its arsenal.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Show of strength

A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system rolls through Red Square. Over 130 pieces of military hardware were also displayed.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Thousands of troops take part

Over 13,000 troops were involved in the parade in Moscow's Red Square, Russian news agency TASS reported.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

A new tradition

Victory Day parades only became an annual event after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Parades and celebrations took place in towns and cities across Russia, from the European exclave of Kaliningrad to the Far Eastern Sakhalin island, near Japan.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Marching past Putin

The hours-long parade marches along a route that passes a tribune where Russian President Vladimir Putin sits along with other Russian generals, officials and guests.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Putin lauds military might

In his speech to the soldiers and veterans at Red Square, Putin pledged to work to strengthen Russian military might. "The lessons of the past war are relevant once again. We have done and will do all that is necessary to guarantee the high capabilities of our armed forces," he said.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Commemorating WWII soldiers

One section of the parade saw thousands of people carrying portraits of relatives who fought in World War II as soldiers with the Russian army. The "Immortal Regiment" marches began around seven years ago, according to the Moscow Times, with similar marches taking place in cities around the world.

Russia marks Victory Day with military parade in Moscow

Tanks and new Kalashnikov rife

Russia also uses the parade to show off dozens of its tanks, missile launchers, other military vehicles and weapons. This year, a new Kalashnikov assault rifle — called the AK-12 — will also be on display.

Russia has marked the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II with a parade in Moscow. The annual parade is a chance for Moscow to show off its troops and latest military technology.