Today, the Victory parade was held in the Palace Square in St. Petersburg.
The Victory parade commemorating the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War has been held in the Palace Square in St. Petersburg. Over 4,500 officers, soldiers and military cadets took part in the parade with 109 military and specialized vehicles, 34 airplanes and helicopters deployed.
Before the parade started, St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov held an online meeting with was veterans via Videocon. He congratulated them on the occasion reminding of the first Victory parade held when the war was over. In Leningrad, it was held on July 8, 1945.
In Moscow, the first Victory parade was held on June 24, 1945. Speaking today at the parade, President Vladimir Putin said: ‘This year, the traditional Victory Day celebrations are being held in Russia on June 24. Exactly 75 years ago, the legendary victors paraded right here, along the Kremlin wall, to commemorate the end of the Great Patriotic War. That parade went down in history as a triumph of unprecedented scale, the triumph of good over evil, of peace over war, and life over death.’
In St. Petersburg, after the parade on the Palace Square was over, infantry regiments for the first time marched along Nevsky Prospect.
At 11 p.m. in the evening, gun salute will be fired to mark the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel