Victory Day: Armenian president, defense minister attend Moscow parade

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan attended a large military parade held in Moscow’s Red Square today to mark the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two.

Around 30 world leaders have attended Victory Day celebrations staged in the Russian capital and hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 9.

An Armenian military unit was among the troops that marched through Moscow’s main square in the biggest parade staged in Russia yet.

In an address released by his press service earlier in the day President Sargsyan extended congratulations to the Armenians on the occasion of what is marked as Victory and Peace Day in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

“Today is a special jubilee day. It marks the 70th anniversary of the historic victory in the Great Patriotic War. It was the crushing blow of the multinational Soviet army that decided the outcome of the war in Europe in May 1945,” said Sargsyan.

“From fighting on the frontline and in guerilla detachments to getting involved in underground and resistance activities, Armenians brought their contributions towards the total defeat of Nazi forces. We struggled in the trench of justice, freedom and humanism against an anti-humanistic ideology, violence and vandalism. By fighting heroically on various fronts and working in the rear day and night, we thus defended our homeland, Armenia, as well,” he continued.

“This victory afforded the Armenian people who had survived the genocide real and broad opportunities for peaceful work and reconstruction and for their total revival.

“It was a symbolic coincidence that on the same day in May 1992 the ancient Armenian fortress town of Sushi was liberated. Following the example of their fathers and grandfathers, our modern-day heroes repeated their ancestors’ feat, fighting in the same trench of justice, freedom and humanism against Armenophobia, violence and vandalism.

“I once again congratulate all of us on this great holiday. Peace to the world and peace to our country!”

Sargsyan arrived in Moscow on May 8. He attended the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council held at the Kremlin that day.