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In Pictures: Massive parade marks Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany

The Red Square event had been postponed from its usual May date because of the pandemic.

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Parade formations on Red Square in Moscow (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

Parade formations on Red Square in Moscow (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

Parade formations on Red Square in Moscow (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the defeat of Nazi Germany at the traditional massive Red Square military parade, which was delayed by more than a month because of coronavirus.

The parade is usually held on May 9 on Victory Day, Russia’s most important secular holiday, but was postponed until Wednesday.

The timing allowed Russia to mark another significant war-era event, the 75th anniversary of the Red Square parade by troops returning home after the victory over the Nazis.

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Russian army Mi-8 military helicopters fly over Red Square (Alexey Maishev/AP)

Russian army Mi-8 military helicopters fly over Red Square (Alexey Maishev/AP)

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Russian army Mi-8 military helicopters fly over Red Square (Alexey Maishev/AP)

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Russian sailors march towards Red Square (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

Russian sailors march towards Red Square (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

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Russian sailors march towards Red Square (Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech (Sergey Pyatakov/AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech (Sergey Pyatakov/AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech (Sergey Pyatakov/AP)

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Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square (Iliya Pitalev/AP)

Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square (Iliya Pitalev/AP)

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Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square (Iliya Pitalev/AP)

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Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet Red Army Second World War uniforms (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet Red Army Second World War uniforms (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet Red Army Second World War uniforms (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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Soviet T-34 tanks roll towards Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Vladimir Pesnya/AP)

Soviet T-34 tanks roll towards Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Vladimir Pesnya/AP)

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Soviet T-34 tanks roll towards Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Vladimir Pesnya/AP)

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Russian soldiers on parade (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Russian soldiers on parade (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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Russian soldiers on parade (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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T-34 tanks from the Soviet era (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

T-34 tanks from the Soviet era (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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T-34 tanks from the Soviet era (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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Russian warplanes fly over Red Square (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

Russian warplanes fly over Red Square (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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Russian warplanes fly over Red Square (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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Soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army march (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army march (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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Soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army march (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, front, salutes to his soldiers (Alexander Wilf/AP)

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, front, salutes to his soldiers (Alexander Wilf/AP)

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Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, front, salutes to his soldiers (Alexander Wilf/AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, left, leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, left, leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, left, leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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