Red Square in Moscow will see the biggest military parade yet. It is expected that 15 000 soldiers will march, 200 tanks will roll and 150 fighter jets will fly overhead. New military hardware will be revealed to the spectators.
While the military show will be spectacular, the VIP viewing stands will have some empty seats. President Putin sent out invitations to 68 political leaders. Only 25 have accepted.
None of the political maneuvering should take away from the terrible price that Russians paid for a final victory against the Nazi war machine. It is estimated that 27 million Russians were killed during the four years of fighting. The siege of Leningrad is an epic story of heroism and fortitude.
The Moscow Times
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