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Russia marks war anniversary

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 00:53

Russia showcases its military hardware in a parade to commemorate victory over the Nazis in World War Two. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Russia showcased its modernised military war machine in a grand parade on Moscow's Red Square on Monday (May 9), displaying the advanced air defence missile system used to protect its base in Syria and some of the jets that have flown missions there. The event, an annual fixture designed to commemorate the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazis in the Second World War, took place in bright sunshine as President Vladimir Putin looked on from a tribune filled with Soviet war veterans. The Russian leader, whose forces annexed Ukraine's Crimea in 2014 and are now helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army, watched as thousands of Russian troops marched across the famous square to the strains of marshal music. The authorities, backed by state media, use the annual event to build patriotic sentiment and to underscore the importance of having a strong military to protect the country's borders. It is also a chance to show how a multi-billion dollar modernisation programme is changing the face of the Russian military by supplying it with new weapons and hardware. Putin, in his speech to the parade, largely confined his remarks to the importance of defeating the Nazis in the Second World War, but also spoke about the need today to fight global terrorism and cooperate with other nations to do that.

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Russia marks war anniversary

Monday, May 09, 2016 - 00:53