Eyes to the Victory!
Sergey Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister
History and Modernity
Great Patriotic War
In line with tradition the military parades will become one of the highlights of the celebrations of the 70thanniversary of Victory. They are to be held in 28 Russian cities, and in the capitals of Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, and in Armenia. Marches with the participation of military equipment and armaments are to be held in 40 cities.
Naval parades are to take place at the five main bases of the Russian Navy. Aviation is to take part in the parades in five cities in Russia and two cities in the CIS – Minsk and Bishkek. On March 25, the parade teams will begin their training.
As of today, 78,653 people will be taking part in the events. A total of 1,880 units of military equipment and armaments, 238 aircraft and 51 naval vessels will be involved. Taking part in the parades in Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia will be more than 1,000 servicemen, 74 units of modern armaments and military equipment and 16 aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Federation Armed Forces. The main parade will obviously be held in Red Square. Compared to the 2010 anniversary parade, there will be 50 percent more servicemen marching on foot, which is more than 15,000. The historical part of the parade will undoubtedly be of great interest.
As for the mechanised section, it is to include 194 units of armaments and military equipment, some of which were created on instructions from the Defense Ministry and will be demonstrated for the first time on May 9. I would like to note that 16 military units from friendly states and anti-Hitler coalition members have been invited to take part in the military parade. Nine of them have confirmed their participation, two have turned down the invitation, and five are still pending.
The Defense Ministry intends to invite 26 heads of foreign military departments whose units will take part in the parade in Red Square and our partners in defense and military technology cooperation.
Official invitations have also been issued to 85 participants in the Great Patriotic War in all regions of Russia and to 75 veterans in 23 countries. I would like to add that veterans will take part in all key events on May 9: the military parade, the gala reception with the President of Russia and the gala concert in Red Square.