Russia marked 70 years since the victory
over Nazi Germany on Saturday with a spectacular parade
in Moscow featuring some 16,000 soldiers, 200 armored
vehicles and 150 planes and helicopters.
This is expected to be the last major anniversary.
This is expected to be the last major anniversary of the
conflict when significant numbers of World War II veterans
are still alive to take part.
Presidents including China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Pranab
Mukherjee and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro joined their
Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow’s Red
Square for the parade.
Many Western leaders have chosen to boycott the event,
however, in protest at Russia’s alleged military involvement
in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Moscow is accused by
Kiev and the West of backing and equipping pro-Russian
separatists in eastern Ukraine. It also annexed Ukraine’s
Crimea region a little over a year ago.
Source : CNN