Moscow Holds VE-Day Parade Final Rehearsal in Red Square

Moscow is holding on Sunday the final rehearsal of the May 9 Victory Day parade in Red Square.

“The rehearsal involves 14,000 servicemen and about 100 pieces of the armor,” a Defense Ministry spokesman for land forces, Colonel Sergei Vlasov told RIA Novosti.

The rehearsal involves eight Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, three Topol-M ballistic missile launchers, sixteen S-400 Triumph air defense systems and Pantsir-S missile-and-cannon systems, thirteen Tiger armored vehicles, as well as APC-80’s, T-90 tanks, Msta-S self-propelled artillery systems, and Buk-M2 SAM systems.

Preparations for the May 9 parade envisage three night rehearsals (held on April 26, May 1 and May 3) and one daytime dress rehearsal on May 6.

Beginning as usual at 10:00 a.m. on May 9, the Victory Parade in Moscow and other Russian cities will last for about 45 minutes. The celebrations will culminate in a 30-round fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

A total of 1,500 WWII veterans were invited to attend the parade.


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