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Russia to hold Victory Day Parade on June 24: Putin

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – MAY 9, 2019: Nakhimov Naval School cadets march in formation during a Victory Day military parade marking the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, the Eastern Front of World War II, in Moscow's Red Square. Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NOVO-OGARYOVO, May 26, 2020, TASS. Russia will hold on June 24 military parades on Moscow’s Red Square and in other cities across the country to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday during a session with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, TASS reported.

The Russian president announced a decision on April 16 to postpone the Victory Day Parade, which is held annually on May 9, because the preparations for it could not be carried out amid the coronavirus spread. Putin pledged that the Victory Day would be celebrated in Russia later this year.

“I command to start preparations for holding military parades in the capital of Russia and in other cities to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War,” Putin said adding that the date for the military parades is June 24.

“It will be on June 24, which is the day when in 1945 the legendary historic parade of victors took place, when soldiers, who fought for Moscow and defended Leningrad and Stalingrad, liberated Europe and stormed Berlin, marched on Red Square,” the Russian president said.

Putin ordered Shoigu to exclude all possible risks threatening the health of the parade participants.

“I order you to provide the most stringent requirements regarding the safety measures during the preparations for and the organization of the parade,” the president said. “Possible risks for all participants must be minimal or excluded at all.”

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