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Russia's Victory Day Parade Remembers World War II Sacrifices

Thousands of Russian troops march in Red Square in a show of military strength marking the 69th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.

. Russian soldiers march in Moscow's Red Square on Friday, May 9, during a Victory Day parade. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP - Getty Images

. Russian soldiers ride atop an armored personnel carrier. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP - Getty Images

. Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Mikhail Klimentyev / AFP - Getty Images

. Russian servicemen march in Red Square. Grigory Dukor / Reuters

. A Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile is driven across Red Square during the Victory Day parade. Pavel Golovkin / AP

. Servicemen taking part in Moscow's Victory Day parade. Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes during the Victory Day parade. Kommersant Photo via Getty Images

. Military planes fly over Red Square trailing the colors of the Russian flag. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images Contributor

. Vladimir Putin is flanked by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Mikhail Klimentyev / RIA Novosti via Reuters

. Russian soldiers march in historic Red Square. Sefa Karacan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

. Soviet veterans chat during celebrations to mark Victory Day in front of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Grigory Dukor / Reuters

. Russian servicemen march during the military parade in Red Square. Yuri Kochetkov / EPA