Russian military to hold night rehearsal of Victory Day parade

The Russian military will carry out on Thursday a third night of rehearsals for a World War II victory parade on May 9 on Moscow’s Red Square, the Defense Ministry said.

“The first rehearsal took place on the square on April 26, the second on May 3, and we still have the third on May 5 and the final rehearsal on May 7,” spokesman Lt. Col. Sergei Vlasov said on Wednesday.

Vlasov said the rehearsal was scheduled to start at 10 pm Moscow time (18:00 GMT).

This year’s parade will involve 20,000 servicemen and over 100 pieces of military hardware, including Topol-M ballistic missile launchers, S-400 Triumph air defense systems, Pantsyr-S1

The event will culminate with a flyover by a group of Mi-8 multirole helicopters carrying Russian state and military flags.

The Moscow authorities have allocated about 102 million rubles ($3.7 mln) to preparations for this year’s parade.

MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti)

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