Indian Army, Chinese PLA join ranks as 'Red Army' takes out COVID-delayed victory parade in Moscow

Indian soldiers were part of the annual massive Red Square military parade in Moscow to commemorate the victory of Soviet Russia over Nazi Germany, which got delayed this year by more than a month because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Solders of Indian Armed Forces were seen marching with units of Russia's other allies during the traditional massive Red Square military parade in Moscow, which was delayed by more than a month because of the invisible enemy of coronavirus. (Photo | AP)
Solders of Indian Armed Forces were seen marching with units of Russia's other allies during the traditional massive Red Square military parade in Moscow, which was delayed by more than a month because of the invisible enemy of coronavirus. (Photo | AP)
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The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Photo | AP)
The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Photo | AP)
The parade is usually held May 9 on Victory Day, Russia’s most important secular holiday, but was postponed until Wednesday due to the pandemic. But the timing allowed Russia to mark another significant war-era event — the 75th anniversary of the Red Square parade by troops returning home after the Nazis’ defeat. (Photo | AP)
The parade is usually held May 9 on Victory Day, Russia’s most important secular holiday, but was postponed until Wednesday due to the pandemic. But the timing allowed Russia to mark another significant war-era event — the 75th anniversary of the Red Square parade by troops returning home after the Nazis’ defeat. (Photo | AP)
Some 14,000 soldiers took part in the parade, including units from several former Soviet republics and from Mongolia and Serbia. (Photo | AP)
Some 14,000 soldiers took part in the parade, including units from several former Soviet republics and from Mongolia and Serbia. (Photo | AP)
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) also marched in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) also marched in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)
Many spectators in the viewing stands were wearing masks, but Russian soldiers in close formation on the square did not. President Putin and other dignitaries on the main viewing stage also did not wear masks. (Photo | AP)
Many spectators in the viewing stands were wearing masks, but Russian soldiers in close formation on the square did not. President Putin and other dignitaries on the main viewing stage also did not wear masks. (Photo | AP)
A flyover of helicopters, bombers and fighter planes completed the show of Russia's military might. IN PIC: Russia's Air Force strategic bombers, Tu-160, center, and Tu-22M3, all others, fly over Red Square during the parade. (Photo | AP)
A flyover of helicopters, bombers and fighter planes completed the show of Russia's military might. IN PIC: Russia's Air Force strategic bombers, Tu-160, center, and Tu-22M3, all others, fly over Red Square during the parade. (Photo | AP)
An estimated 27 million Soviets died in the war, either on the battlefield or as civilian casualties. Their valor and suffering has become key to Russia's national identity. (Photo | AP)
An estimated 27 million Soviets died in the war, either on the battlefield or as civilian casualties. Their valor and suffering has become key to Russia's national identity. (Photo | AP)
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms march in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)
Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms march in Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)
More than 230 military vehicles drove across the vast square in the Russian capital, ranging from renowned WWII-era T-34 tanks to hulking Topol intercontinental ballistic missile-launchers. (Photo | AP)
More than 230 military vehicles drove across the vast square in the Russian capital, ranging from renowned WWII-era T-34 tanks to hulking Topol intercontinental ballistic missile-launchers. (Photo | AP)
Soviet tanks T-34 roll toward Red Square. (Photo | AP)
Soviet tanks T-34 roll toward Red Square. (Photo | AP)
Members of Yunarmia (Young Army), an organization sponsored by the Russian military that aims to encourage patriotism among the Russian youth march during the event. (Photo | AP)
Members of Yunarmia (Young Army), an organization sponsored by the Russian military that aims to encourage patriotism among the Russian youth march during the event. (Photo | AP)
Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)
Russian Knights (Russkiye Vityazi) and Strizhi (Swifts) aerobatic teams fly their Sukhoi Su-30SM and Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jets over Red Square during the Victory Day military parade. (Photo | AP)

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