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

  • Video report by Europe Editor James Mates

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.

It also came ahead of a vote to change the constitution set for July 1 that could see Mr Putin stay in power for another 16 years.

Russian army Mi-8 military helicopters fly over Red Square Credit: Alexey Maishev/AP
Russian sailors march towards Red Square Credit: Mikhail Voskresenskiy/AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech Credit: Sergey Pyatakov/AP
Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square Credit: Iliya Pitalev/AP
Russian soldiers dressed in Soviet Red Army Second World War uniforms Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP
Soviet T-34 tanks roll towards Red Square during the Victory Day military parade Credit: Vladimir Pesnya/AP
Russian soldiers on parade Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
T-34 tanks from the Soviet era Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Russian warplanes fly over Red Square Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army march Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu, front, salutes to his soldiers Credit: Alexander Wilf/AP
Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre, and, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, left, leave Red Square after the Victory Day military parade Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP