The parade in honour of the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War was held on the Palace Square in St. Petersburg on May 9. More than 4 thousand military men, cadets, youth soldiers, as well as more than 100 units of historical and modern military equipment took part in it, TASS reports.
“It was our fathers and grandfathers who were able to destroy and crush Hitler’s fascism. Our common duty is to remember at what cost the Victory was won, to honour the heroic deed of the victors, to defend the truth about the war,” the commander of the Western Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Zhuravlev, noted.
The military parade was traditionally opened by young drummers from the Kronstadt Naval Cadet Military Corps. A company of the guard of honour of the Western Military District followed them past the stands. For the first time, students of the St. Petersburg Police Academy took part in the parade on Palace Square. In addition, the parade was attended by women soldiers who equally with men perform various tasks in the army.
Following the servicemen, more than 100 units of various military equipment, helicopters and aeroplanes moved along the Palace Square. The column was led by the legendary symbol of Victory, the T-34 tank. Then, BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, modern T-72B3 tanks, as well as self-propelled and towed howitzers drove through the square.
In addition, at the parade, spectators were shown the Tornado-G multiple launch rocket systems and the Iskander-M operational-tactical complexes, as well as the C-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems designed to destroy all modern and promising aerospace weapon attacks. The solemn parade in St. Petersburg ended with the “Victory” song which was performed by the choir of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Western Military District.