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In Photos: Russia Celebrates Victory Day Holiday With Parade in Red Square

President Vladimir V. Putin used his speech on Russia’s most important secular holiday to rally support for the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

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  • May 9, 2022, 12:12 p.m. ET

Russia held its annual Victory Day military parade in Moscow’s Red Square on Monday to honor the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. This year’s traditional parade featured 11,000 participants and 131 armored vehicles. President Vladimir V. Putin used a speech delivered from his rostrum near the Lenin Mausoleum to try and turn Russian pride in the 1945 victory into increased support for what he has called the “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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Defense Minister Sergei K. Shoigu salutes soldiers as he is driven in Red Square, above. Russian service members taking part in a military parade in Red Square, below.

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Snipers on the roof of a building.

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President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia entering the Red Square to attend the parade.

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A photo from state-owned media showing Mr. Putin laying flowers at the Memorial to Hero Cities at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin wall.

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Russian military musicians taking part in the Victory Day parade.

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Russian military vehicles rolling through Red Square.

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Russian service members taking part in the parade.

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A Russian serviceman hugs a woman after taking part in the Victory Day military parade.

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The letter Z, from illuminated windows on an administrative building, has become a symbol of support for Russian military action in Ukraine, in central Moscow, on Sunday.

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