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In pictures: Vladimir Putin joins crowds in Russia’s Victory Day parade

The military event commemorates Germany’s surrender to the former Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War.

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Youngsters climb a Soviet IS-3, Joseph Stalin-3 heavy tank (AP)

Youngsters climb a Soviet IS-3, Joseph Stalin-3 heavy tank (AP)

Youngsters climb a Soviet IS-3, Joseph Stalin-3 heavy tank (AP)

The annual Victory Day parade marking Germany’s surrender to the former Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War has taken place in Moscow.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was among the crowds who watched the military parade.

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A Second World War-era Soviet tank T-34 makes its way during the Victory Day military parade to celebrate 73 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany (AP)

A Second World War-era Soviet tank T-34 makes its way during the Victory Day military parade to celebrate 73 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany (AP)

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A Second World War-era Soviet tank T-34 makes its way during the Victory Day military parade to celebrate 73 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany (AP)

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People carry portraits of relatives who fought during the Immortal Regiment march along Red Square in Moscow (AP)

People carry portraits of relatives who fought during the Immortal Regiment march along Red Square in Moscow (AP)

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People carry portraits of relatives who fought during the Immortal Regiment march along Red Square in Moscow (AP)

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Yars strategic missiles were among some of the more up-to-date military hardware on display (AP)

Yars strategic missiles were among some of the more up-to-date military hardware on display (AP)

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Yars strategic missiles were among some of the more up-to-date military hardware on display (AP)

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Russian president Vladimir Putin, holds a portrait of his father Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he walks among the crowds (AP)

Russian president Vladimir Putin, holds a portrait of his father Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he walks among the crowds (AP)

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Russian president Vladimir Putin, holds a portrait of his father Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he walks among the crowds (AP)

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The parade included fly-pasts of modern military aircraft (AP)

The parade included fly-pasts of modern military aircraft (AP)

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The parade included fly-pasts of modern military aircraft (AP)

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Female troops joined the parade (AP)

Female troops joined the parade (AP)

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Female troops joined the parade (AP)

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Russian military strength was to the fore during marches near Red Square (AP)

Russian military strength was to the fore during marches near Red Square (AP)

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Russian military strength was to the fore during marches near Red Square (AP)

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Commemorations also took place in Germany, as people visited the Soviet Memorial in Berlin (AP)

Commemorations also took place in Germany, as people visited the Soviet Memorial in Berlin (AP)

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Commemorations also took place in Germany, as people visited the Soviet Memorial in Berlin (AP)

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