Russian military to hold night rehearsal of Victory Day parade…

Russian military will carry out on Thursday the third night rehearsal of the May 9 parade on Moscow’s Red Square, the Defense Ministry said.

“The first rehearsal was carried out on Red Square on April 26, the second took place on May 3, and we still have the third on May 5 and the final rehearsal on May 7,” spokesman Lt. Col. Sergei Vlasov said on Wednesday.

Vlasov said the rehearsal was scheduled to start at 10.00 pm Moscow time (18:00 GMT).

This year’s parade will involve 20,000 servicemen and over 100 pieces of military hardware, including Topol-M ballistic missile launchers, S-400 Triumph air defense systems, Pantsyr-S1

Air defense systems, Iskander-M missile launchers, Smerch multiple rocket launchers, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, and T-90 main battle tanks.

The event will culminate with a flyover by a group of Mi-8 multirole helicopters carrying Russian state and military flags.

The Moscow authorities have allocated about 102 million rubles ($3.7 mln) on preparations for the Victory Day parade on Red Square.

MOSCOW, May 5 (RIA Novosti)

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