Τετάρτη, 10 Μαΐου 2017

Russia celebrates WWII V-Day with military parade

Russia on Tuesday staged a military parade on Moscow's Red Square to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the victory in World War II (WWII).


About 10,000 Russian servicemen from the ground force, the navy, the air force, the airborne troops and the Federal Security Service participated in the parade, and dozens of military vehicles and armaments were displayed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, senior officials and war veterans.

In an address prior to the parade, as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, Putin congratulated all on the Victory Day, saying that the victory will forever remain in the history of humankind as "a supreme triumph of life and reason over death and barbarity," to which Russian people made a huge contribution.

"We will never forget that it was our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who won back Europe's freedom and the long-awaited peace." Putin said while paying tribute to the soldiers who fought and died for their country.

The president underlined that Russia will strengthen the traditions of patriotism and loyalty to the fatherland, and that Russian servicemen, ready for any sacrifice for their homeland and people, "will forever guard Russia as the soldiers of Victory did."

"The lessons of the war teach us to be vigilant, and Russian Armed Forces are ready to counter any potential aggression," Putin said.

Warning that the world is still being plagued by neo-nazism, terrorism, extremism and other threats, Putin called on the strengthening of combat potential and concerted efforts from the international community to meet common challenges.

"We are open to such cooperation. Russia will always side with the forces of peace, with those who stick to equitable partnership," he added.
  [china.org.cn/ Xinhua/globaltimes.cn]
10/5/17
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