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MOSCOW, May 9 (Itar-Tass) —— A military parade on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) will be held on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday. More than 14,000 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies will participate in the parade.
The parade trainings on the firing range in Alabino outside Moscow and three nighttime trainings and a general rehearsal on the Red Square preceded this event.
Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov will review the military parade. Colonel General Valery Gerasimov will command the parade. The parade will consist of infantry, mechanized and aircraft stages.
The parade will begin 10:00 a.m. Moscow time. A squadron of drummers from the Military University of the Defence Ministry will open the parade. The banner-carrying groups with the National Flag of the Russian Federation, the Banner of Victory and the Banner of the Armed Forces, the copies of the standards of the war fronts and the combat banners of glorious military units will follow the drummers.
The parade units of the Russian troops and units of the power-wielding structures will march on the Red Square. The columns of teachers and students of military academies, universities, institutes and colleges, airborne paratroopers, marines, servicemen of the Interior Troops and units of the Western Military District will march on the square.
Then the military hardware will pass on the Red Square. Tigr armored vehicles will be the first with BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, T-90 tanks, tractor trucks and Msta-S self-propelled artillery mounts to follow them on the square. The track military hardware will have asphalt-protecting chains on. Mobile missile systems Topol-M, eight launch vehicles of an air defence missile system S-400 Triumf, eight newest air defence missile and gun systems Pantsir-1, eight launch vehicles of the missile system Iskander-M, air defence missile systems Buk-M2 and other best models of military hardware will pass in the mechanized column. A total of 100 pieces of military hardware will participate in the parade.
The combat vehicles will pass in two columns right from the Historical Museum, and after the Red Square will enter the Vasilyevsky Spusk square, will turn right on the embankment of the Moskva River to drive back on the Hodynskoye Field.
Five Mi-8 helicopters will fly in a line over the Red Square, carrying the flags of the Russian Federation, the Defence Ministry, the Land Troops, the Airborne Troops and the Navy.