Russian President Vladimir Putin says the 60th anniversary of the Allied victory over the Nazis at the end of World War Two in Europe is a triumph of good over evil. Mr. Putin made the remarks during an elaborate Victory Day parade on Red Square, watched by more than 50 world leaders.
President Putin stood tall as he reviewed more than seven-thousand troops marching across the vast expanse of Russia's Red Square, over the course of an hour.
Aging veterans too old to make the trek on foot were transported in trucks reminiscent of the Soviet-era. Under threatening skies, Mr. Putin remembered the sacrifice Russian soldiers and civilians were called to make.
Mr. Putin reiterated that the world must always remember the brink on which it found itself and never allow civilization to return there.
In the days leading up to the 60th anniversary celebrations, Mr. Putin has linked the struggle against Nazism to today's fight against international terrorism. President Putin and visiting world leaders later visited the tomb of the unknown soldier.