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18 Mar, 2008 15:50

Tanks to roll across Red Square again

The Russian military have started preparations for the Victory Day Parade to be held on Red Square on May 9. The annual event marks the end of Russia’s participation in World War II.

A training square, similar in size to Red Square, has been built in Alabino in the Moscow Region. More than 8,000 personnel and over a 100 motorised units will take part in the parade.

It’s the first time since the fall of Soviet Union, military hardware, including BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers, T-90 tanks, Topol-M mobile missile launchers and Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers will roll across  Red Square.

The first Victory Parade was on June 24, 1945 on the order of the then Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Joseph Stalin.