In pictures: Russian WW2 Victory Day parade in Moscow

Russia has staged a huge parade marking 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two. The Soviet Union suffered the heaviest casualties in the Great Patriotic War - as Russia calls the carnage of 1941-1945.

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Image caption It was a poignant day for millions who lost relatives in the war, as well as veterans - many of whom attended the parade
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Image caption Russian Defence Minister Gen Sergei Shoigu saluted the troops on Moscow's Red Square
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Image caption President Putin (centre) sat alongside the presidents of China (third left) and Kazakhstan (far right)
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Image caption Chinese troops marched in the annual parade for the first time - it has become a bigger event under Mr Putin
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Image caption WW2 uniforms were on show as banners from the Soviet wartime fronts were paraded
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Image caption Russia showed off its brand-new T-14 Armata tank - which boasts automatic firing systems and high-tech electronics
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Image caption A Tu-160 strategic bomber was part of a fly-past by 143 aircraft

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