Russia marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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

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