Victory Day: Russia Marks The Defeat of Nazi Germany After WWII

Published May 9th, 2022 - 08:37 GMT

Russia marks Victory Day with special parades as it celebrates its 1945 victory over Nazi Germany during World War II along with a show of military might. 

Military vehicles headed towards Red Square in Moscow while thousands of troops participated in the event.

During the Victory Day celebration, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech justifying Ukraine's invasion saying: "The death of every soldier and officer is painful for us," he said, pledging to do "everything" to help bereaved families, according to the BBC.

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Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian T-72B3M tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is driven along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Members of a military band attend the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow

Russian servicewomen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Mikhail METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
A Russian Yars intercontinental ballistic missile launcher parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian T-72B3M tanks parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is driven along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Members of a military band attend the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Victory Day military parade in central Moscow
Russian servicewomen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)