Victory Day parade ends in Moscow – Heads of state and government visit tomb of the unknown soldier

Moscow: Military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory over fascism on Red Square, Moscow ended.

APA’s Moscow correspondent reports that President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin addressed the parade. He thanked the countries of the allied coalition during the World War II and the people of United Kingdom, France and the United States for their contribution.

16 500 soldiers were involved in the parade. Military units of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, India, Mongolia, Serbia and China also marched along the square along with Russian servicemen.

Nearly 300 military vehicles – “Armata” tanks, T-90 tanks, infantry combat vehicles, “Iskander” tactical missiles, “Smerch” systems, “Buk” air defense systems, S-400 “Triumph” and “Topol-M” anti-aircraft missile systems were demonstrated in the parade.

At the end, 143 helicopters and military aircrafts lifted-off. These include Mi 28, Mi 8 helicopters, An 22, Ruslan, MiQ 31, Su-24m, Tu-22m3, Tu-95, Su-27 and Miq 29 airctafts.

Officials from more than 40 countries, heads of state and government of 27 countries attended the parade. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva also attended the solemn ceremony. Heads of state and government laid flowers at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.