The dress rehearsal of the Victory Parade ended on Red Square. This year, 11,000 military personnel, 131 combat vehicles, 77 aircraft and helicopters will be involved in it, the Ministry of Defense reported
The general rehearsal of the Victory Parade took place in Moscow, the Defense Ministry told journalists.
According to RIA Novosti, a parade squad of participants in the military operation in Ukraine passed through Red Square as part of a mechanized column.
In total, according to the Ministry of Defense, 11 thousand military men took part in the rehearsal. The foot column was formed from 33 ceremonial calculations. As part of the mechanized column involved 131 units of military equipment. 77 planes and helicopters also took part in the rehearsal.
Earlier, the ministry reported that the T-34-85, T-72B3M, T-90M “Breakthrough” tanks, T-14 “Armata”, infantry fighting vehicles “Kurganets”, self-propelled artillery installations “Msta-S”, operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander”, robotic systems “Uran-9”. In addition, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 “White Swan” missile carriers will take part in it. along with the Il-78 tanker, MiG-29, Su-35S, MiG-31 fighters and fifth-generation Su-57 aircraft, etc.
Last year, the Victory Parade was held with the participation of 12 thousand military personnel, 190 ground military equipment, 76 aircraft and helicopters.
According to presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, foreign leaders were not invited to the celebration of Victory Day in Moscow because this year is not an anniversary date. Peskov called May 9 “a sacred day, the main holiday” for the Russians and announced the speech of Vladimir Putin on Red Square.
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As Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, the Russian military participating in the operation in Ukraine will not artificially adjust their actions to a specific date, including May 9th. According to him, the pace of the special operation depends “on the need to minimize any risks for the civilian population and Russian military personnel.”