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May 9, 2013
Russian Victory Day 2013

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will be a guarantor of world security, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at the annual military parade on Red Square.

Putin made his short speech at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia's most important secular holiday, honoring the huge military and civilian losses of World War II and showing off the country's modern arsenal.

Putin told 11,000 servicemen standing in tight formation on the square and the war veterans in the spectator stands that "we remember what the tragedy of war means and will do everything so that nobody will ever dare to unleash it anew, threaten our children, our homes and our land."

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Russian marines march through the Red Square, during the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Russian soldiers march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian soldiers march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian marines salute as they march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian soldiers march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian military cadets march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian soldiers march along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian tanks move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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In a haze of exhaust fumes Russian self-propelled howitzers move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Through a haze of exhaust fumes, Russian self-propelled howitzers move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian military vehicles move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Spectators take photographs of a Russian military vehicle in Moscow on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Raphael Satter
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Russian intercontinental strategic missiles Topol-M move along Red Square during a Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, greets senior officers after the Victory Day Parade on the Red Square, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, addresses troops and WWII veterans before the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013, with the St. Basel Cathedral in the background. AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Russian air force fighters fly over Red Square during a Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, 2013. President Vladimir Putin's short speech Thursday came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia's most important secular holiday, honoring the huge military and civilian losses of World War II and showing off the country's modern arsenal. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian air force fighters fly over Red Square during a Victory Day parade on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian military transport planes fly over the Kremlin during Victory Day Parade at the Moscow Red Square, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Misha Japaridze
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Left: Russian army fighters release smoke in the colours of the national flag as they fly over Red Square, during the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. Right: Russian airforce jet planes fly over the Kremlin during Victory Day Parade at the Moscow Red Square, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Left: Alexander Zemlianichenko Right: Misha Japaridze
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Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, second left, walks to attend the Victory Day Parade on the Red Square, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
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Russian WWII veterans walk after a Victory Day parade at Red Square on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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Russian WWII veterans walk after the Victory Day parade at Red Square on Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Ivan Sekretarev
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WW II veterans speak to each other as they celebrate Victory day in Moscow's Gorky park, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Mikhail Metzel
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Two young men speak with WW II veterans Aleksakin Nikolay 90, second left, and Anna Parukhova 90, second right, during Victory Day in Moscow's Gorky park, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2013. AP / Mikhail Metzel

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