Baku, May 9, AZERTAC
Russia is marking Victory Day on Monday, May 9; 71 years ago, the German Instrument of Surrender was signed in a Berlin suburb, according to TASS.
Moscow and other Russian cities hosted military parades and festive events; flowers and wreaths were laid to memorials in various parts of the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Victory Parade on Moscow's downtown Red Square. Putin addressed Russian nationals. He was accompanied by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as well as representatives of the presidential administration and government.
The parade involved about 10,000 people. Then 135 items of military hardware passed along the square. And then 71 aircraft and helicopters flew above downtown Moscow.
After the parade, Putin, jointly with veterans, honored the memory of those fallen in World War II, laying wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Later, the Kremlin hosted a solemn reception.