On Wednesday, Russia began the extravagant Victory Day military parade in Moscow. The annual parade usually takes place on May 9th however, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade celebrates the end of World War II in the region. The President of Russia had originally planned to have an extravagant celebration including inviting world leaders, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Victory parade was postponed when a letter from veterans’ organizations expressed their concern over the risk of the virus spreading at the event.Also Read– Kim Jong-un suspends plans to increase military pressure on South Korea
Many foreign leaders still made the decision to not attend the event fearing the transmission of the virus. Some former Soviet state leaders attended the event on Wednesday including Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
In order to limit the spread of the virus, guests were seated 2 to 3 seats apart and people were urged to watch the event from home. However, some people gathered outside Red Square to watch military vehicles roll in.
According to the official announcer, more than 14,000 troops are attending the event this year in Red Square.
Furthermore, President Putin commemorated the Soviet people in a speech at the parade, he said, “We will always remember that it’s the Soviet people that defeated Nazi Germany… and it’s hard to imagine what would have happened to the world hadn’t the Red Army came to its rescue.”