Russia: Over 12,500 troops participate in Victory Day rehearsals featuring tanks, missiles

Russian troops geared up for this year's Victory Day parade by conducting a rehearsal at the Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region, Friday. Officers, NCOs and soldiers, as well as cadets from military schools were among the 33 ceremonial divisions taking part in the rehearsal. More than 12,500 service personnel took part in the training alongside over 120 units of modern weaponary and... Еще military equipment, including Tiger cars, T-72B3 tanks, BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, Terminator fire support combat vehicles, BUK-M2 air defence missile systems, and Pantsir-C1 anti-aircraft complexes. According to Lieutenant General Evgeni Selezenev “some ceremonial divisions are already ready to present their drill training on Red Square. Other ceremonial divisions still need some time [for preparation].» The training sessions are held three times a week. On April 26 and May 3, rehearsals will be held on Moscow’s Red Square. The main rehearsal takes place On May 6. Victory Day is celebrated annually on May 9. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany during the Great Patriotic War (WWII on the Eastern Front).

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