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Putin praises Russia’s ‘all-conquering patriotic force’

The president said the remarks on the annual celebration of victory over the Nazis

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President Vladimir Putin praised the strength of Russia's "all-conquering" patriotism on Friday at the annual military parade on Red Square, celebrating victory over the Nazis as a tense standoff continued in Ukraine.

"This is a holiday when all-conquering patriotic force triumphs, when we all feel especially strongly what it means to be true to the Motherland and how important it is to be able to stand up for its interests," Putin told massed troops to shouts of "Hurrah!", AFP reported

Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday and a key element of its national identity, reflecting the country’s enormous suffering and honoring millions of victims of World War II.

The nation's massive military arsenal is usually displayed at the celebration.

About 11,000 troops proudly marched across Red Square to the tunes of marches and patriotic songs. Around 150 military vehicles and 70 combat aircraft took part in the show.

(With AFP and AP)