On May 9, every year, Russia commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Germany’s Nazi forces in World War II. The Russian military holds a parade in Moscow’s Red Square and other cities to celebrate the occasion.
An elaborate ceremony is also held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, a memorial to Soviet soldiers, who died during the war. During WWII, it is estimated that over eight million Russian soldiers died. The Second World War is known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia and other former Soviet Union countries.
Eight million Russian soldiers are counted to have died in World War II. Putin drew parallels between the Red Army’s fight against Nazi troops and Russian forces’ actions in Ukraine during his speech at the Victory Day military parade in Moscow. He stated that the Ukrainian campaign was a timely and necessary step to deter potential aggression.
The Russian president went on to say that troops are fighting for the country’s security in Ukraine, and he observed a minute of silence to remember those who had died in battle.