Russia shows its military might in Victory Day march in Moscow
Friday, May 09, 2014 - 01:35
May 9 - Hundreds of troops march through Red Square on Victory Day in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin fuels patriotic fervor amid an ongoing crisis with Ukraine. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A show of military might in Moscow on Victory Day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN SAYING:
"This is the day of the national triumph, of national pride. It is the day of grief and eternal memory. This is a festival that praises the invincible power of patriotism, when all of us feel particularly sharply what it means to be faithful to the Motherland and how important it is to be able to stand for its interests."
Hundreds of troops marched through Red Square, marking the anniversary of Germany's surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945.
State television called it the biggest parade in 20 years.
The showcase of military forces comes amid continuing tensions with Ukraine.
On the streets near the parade route, residents carried their pride on their shoulders and in hand and spoke of patriotism.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW RESIDENTS, DIANA AND VIKTOR, SAYING:
"(DIANA) This is Victory Day, this means that we are a great country. It would be great to have Ukraine with us. (VIKTOR) Yes, we want our brothers to be in one family."
Putin sought to maximize patriotism this year following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
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