Ominous photos of Russia’s most militaristic Victory Day parade in years

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Russian servicemen stand atop T-14 tanks with the Armata Universal Combat Platform during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.
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Russia marked the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazi Germany 71 years ago by holding one of the largest Victory Day military parades in Moscow in years today.

President Vladimir Putin presided over the parade, which included tanks, aircraft, and ballistic missiles.

The parade in Moscow was a strong reminder of Russia’s dedication in recent years to modernize its military. It is also a show of strength by Putin as he continues his claims of being the defender of Russians even outside of the Russian border.


Russian MiG-29SMT fighter jets fly in formation during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, above the monument of Minin and Pozharsky at Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2016.

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Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian Mi-28N military helicopters fly in formation during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, above GUM department at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian servicemen stand atop T-14 tanks with the Armata Universal Combat Platform during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian servicemen stand atop T-90A main battle tanks during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian S-400 Triumph medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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A Russian Buk-M2 missile system drives during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian Buk-M2 missile systems drive during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian An-124-100 Ruslan strategic heavy transport aircraft flies during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, above two-headed eagle statues at Alexandrovsky Garden in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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MiG-29 jet fighters of the Strizhi (Swifts) and Su-27 jet fighters of the Russkiye Vityazi (Russian Knights) aerobatic teams fly in formation during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, above Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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People hold pictures of World War Two soldiers as they take part in the Immortal Regiment march during the Victory Day celebrations, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in central Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the portrait of his father, war veteran Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he takes part in the Immortal Regiment march during Victory Day celebrations.

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Russian servicemen take part in the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian servicewomen march during the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2016.

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