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In Photos: Moscow Holds Third Victory Day Parade Since Ukraine Invasion

Russia marked 79 years since the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in WWII with its annual military parade, featuring an ever-shrinking number of military equipment at Red Square as the full-scale invasion of Ukraine drags on for a third year.

Around 9,000 servicemen and 61 pieces of military equipment — including Yars intercontinental ballistic missile system, the S-400 surface-to-air missile system, and a flypast of airforce jets — took part in the parade overseen by President Vladimir Putin.

In his traditional Victory Day speech, Putin conflated the current war in Ukraine with the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945 and again threatened the West by warning that Russia’s nuclear forces were “always on alert” despite the Kremlin’s wish to “prevent a global conflict.”

Here’s a closer look at this year’s procession: