According to latest studies, the total causalities of the Soviet Union,
both soldiers and civilians, were 26.6 million people.
MOSCOW – Russia celebrated on Monday the Victory Day marking 66 years since Nazi Germany was defeated in World War II. Events of commemoration and celebration took place across the country, including a traditional grand military parade on Red Square, RT.com informs.
“The duty of our generation is to safeguard peace achieved by the Victory,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Ria Novosti. He added that the modernization and development of the Armed Forces remains a key priority for the Russian leadership. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also attended the parade.
The parade comes as largest-scale in Russian modern history, with a march of about 20,000 troops. The grand event was preceded by three night parade rehearsals and also a general rehearsal on Red Square. The troops wore new-style field uniforms, introduced in the Russian Armed Forces this year.
Two hundred elite officers from Russia’s Space Forces marched on Red Square for the first time in history of the Victory Day parades. The parade culminated with a flyover by a group of five Mi-8 multirole helicopters carrying Russian state and military flags. The parade is the main display of Russia’s military forces. The first Victory Parade was held on Red Square on June 24, 1945 on the order of the then-Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Joseph Stalin.
According to latest studies, the total causalities of the Soviet Union, both soldiers and civilians, were 26.6 million people, of those an estimated 8,668,400 soldiers died.
Decades after WWII, Stalingrad remains a by-word both for great courage, and for the great sacrifice of the Soviet soldiers who died fighting the Nazis. Today this city is called Volgograd and it was the scene of one of the largest battles in military history. Even today the marks it left on both the physical and spiritual sides of the city and its population are evident.