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Despite coronavirus: Military parade on Victory Day held in Minsk

Source : 112 Ukraine

The parade was attended by more than 3 000 people
16:27, 9 May 2020

Military parade on Victory Day held in Minsk
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A military parade on the occasion of Victory over Nazism in World War II was held in Belarus. The event was attended by more than 3 000 people, military equipment and aviation, reports Tut.by.

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said at the parade that "there will be people in this distraught world who will condemn it."

Military parade on Victory Day held in Minsk
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“Take your time to draw conclusions, and even more so condemn us - the heirs of the Victory, the Belarusians. We simply could not do otherwise, we had no other choice. And if we had, we would have done the same,” Lukashenko said.

After the president’s speech, a march began. Women soldiers also marched.

Related: Lukashenko not to cancel WWII parade in Belarus: “People will not welcome this”

Then a mechanized column approached the stands, including armored vehicles, tanks and artillery installations.

The air parade was opened by the Mi-8 helicopter. Over the audience flew Mi-24, An-26, Yak-130. The height of helicopter flight was about 200-250 meters.

Military parade on Victory Day held in Minsk
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Earlier, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said he did not intend to cancel the military parade by May 9 in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Victory, as the event has a deep ideological and emotional significance. In addition, no quarantine was introduced in the country due to the spread of coronavirus. As of May 9, Belarus recorded more than 21 000 infections of Covid-19.

Related: Lukashenko announced amendments to country's constitution

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