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Russian forces dazzle Moscow with night rehearsal of V-Day Parade

Servicemen of military schools and Russian troops marched across the Red Square

Russia conducted this year’s first night rehearsal of Victory Day Parade involving 10,000 troops and 114 pieces of modern armaments and military hardware in Moscow’s Red Square. The capital’s historic plaza served as the parade ground for troops from the country’s higher military educational institutions, Suvorov military schools and Nakhimov naval academies, cadet corps, and also troops of Russia’s Western Military District, the Emergencies Ministry, along with National Guardsmen and the Federal Security Service of Russia. The Victory parade’s mechanized column comprised Msta-S self-propelled howitzers and the newest Koalitsiya-SV systems, the Iskander tactical ballistic missile complex representing missile forces and artillery, Tigr and Taifun armored vehicles, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, Buk-M2 and Tor-M2U air defense missile complexes, Pantsir-S1 missile/gun systems, launchers of the advanced S-400 long-range antiaircraft missile systems and Yars ICBMs.