Watch: Pranab Mukherjee Attends Russia’s Victory Day Celebrations

President Pranab Mukherjee attended the 70th anniversary celebrations of Victory Day in Moscow on Saturday.

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. (Photo: AP screengrab)

Russia on Saturday staged a grand military parade here to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in the presence of several world leaders, including President Pranab Mukherjee, even as Western powers boycotted the event due to a standoff over Ukraine.

Nearly 10,000 soldiers, including an Indian Army contingent and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), took part in the parade on the iconic Red Square here which lasted for over 90 minutes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin witnessed the parade along with Mukherjee, Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary General Ben Ki-moon.

The Red Army’s victory continues to remain a great national pride. May 9, which is celebrated as the ‘Victory Day’, unites Russians from all walks of life irrespective of political sympathies and draws huge crowds, including war veterans, their widows and family members gathered at the Red Square to witness the event.

After the parade, all the heads of the state attending the event, including Putin and Mukherjee, walked down from the Red Square to the Kremlin, waving to the massive gathering.

(With PTI inputs)

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