: BBC: Russian WWII Victory Day parade showcases new weapons

15:19 May. 9, 2016

BBC: Russian WWII Victory Day parade showcases new weapons

A World War II era Soviet tank T-34 rides during the Victory Day military parade marking 71 years after the victory in WWII in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russian armed forces paraded in central Moscow to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II

Some of Russia's latest military hardware was on show, including the RS-24 Yars long-range nuclear missile.

Fighters, heavy bombers and helicopters flew over Red Square, including types combat-tested in Syria, where Russian aircraft are helping government forces.

The march past included Russia's new National Guard.

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The National Guard will be armed with new AK-74M machine guns and will be tasked with fighting terrorism and organised crime. Those operations are currently the domain of interior ministry Omon and Sobr special forces.

The parade involved 10,000 military staff, 135 armoured vehicles and 71 aircraft. 

Victory Day (9 May) is an occasion for the Kremlin to stir up patriotic feelings, as Russians remember the sacrifices made in World War Two. Full story 

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