Moscow holds Victory Parade, Kazakhstan takes part
A military parade dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Second World War took place on Red Square in Moscow. The event was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as well as leaders of Belarus and Moldova, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Russian Defense Minister and General of Russian Army Sergei Shoigu monitors the victory parade, while Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces and Army General Oleg Salyukov is in charge.
The first victory parade took place on the same square on June 24, 1945. Thousands of soldiers and officers who just returned from the bloody war marched across Moscow on a rainy summer morning. 75 years later, they are few veterans now, witnesses of history who have committed truly heroic acts. They watched the parade from the most honorable seats at the podium.
Nearly 14,000 militaries, more than 200 units of historical and modern weapons and military equipment and 75 aircrafts took part in the victory parade this year.
Crews from 13 countries were invited to take part in the parade along with Russian soldiers. These are Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, China, Moldova, Mongolia, India and Serbia.
Kazakhstan was represented by the parade crew of 55 militaries of Air Assault Forces led by 36th brigade lieutenant colonel Ulan Nurgaziyev.
President Tokaev also took part in the ceremony of laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the end of the military parade.