Minsk Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015 - report by TV program "Picture of the World by Yuri Koziyatko"

Minsk Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015 - report by TV program "Picture of the World by Yuri Koziyatko"

Belarus marked the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory with military parades all over the country, with the main one in Minsk. The grand spectacle was attended by hundreds of thousands of Belarusians and visitors.

The flower laying ceremony, which began the festivities in the Belarus capital brought together representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, senior officials and, of course, veterans. 

Alexander Lukashenko spoke with the latter warmly and sincerely.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
There are fewer and fewer of your each year. But you are still strong. Am I right? And do you remember the order? Live - in spite of everything.  

Alexei Martinenok, correspondent:
A huge number of people came to watch the military parade dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in WWII in Minsk. In the stands, there are a lot of visitors from other countries.  The parade had its international features. Apart from Belarusian military, there took part also Russian and even American personnel.

Places of honor in the front rows were for veterans. More than 16,000 direct participants of WWII live in Belarus today. Including two heroes of the Soviet Union. By the way, 39 veterans are already older than 100 years.

Belarusians learn from veterans how to truly love their country and believe in its future. It was later said by the President in his Victory Day speech.

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
The enemy threw against us hundreds of thousands of punishers. They acted with barbaric and primitive brutality, razed to the ground our villages and towns, hanged, shot and burned alive our women, children and the elderly. They wanted to completely destroy us.
We were not broken! We survived and won! But in this battle Belarus suffered tremendous losses. Even time cannot heal this terrible pain.
The new times cannot get rid of the practice of military action either. The President of Belarus hinted at the situation in Ukraine and the world, and noted that Europe is approaching a dangerous point.

The President stressed that the lessons of WWII should not be forgotten. 

Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:
Today we see that the tragic lessons of the war have been forgotten. Again, the right of force prevails over the force of right. Again shells are exploding, fires raging and people are being killed. The world and Europe are approaching a dangerous point. And now, more than ever, it is important to remember the lessons of the Great Patriotic War. Politicians and leaders and the people should remember these lessons. The most important of these lessons is that there is nothing more precious than peace. And no ambitions and no interests are worth sacrificing human lives.

Hundreds of pieces of equipment, 30 aircraft and 11 helicopters and more than 5,000 soldiers - this show was very captivating from the first minute. In the front row, there were tanks and machinery of the Great Patriotic War.

In the anniversary year, parades in both Moscow and Minsk featured new military equipment. Belarusian developers showed Polonaise - the system of salvo fire that can hit up to eight targets at a distance of 200 kilometers.

Traditionally, Russian soldiers and allied equipment were shown but US military were the highlight of this celebration. This orchestra was founded by Glen Miller in the middle of the 20th century. The Allies were warmly greeted by the audience. Belarusian honor guard produced a traditionally stunning performance.

It all ended with the show of Belarusian civil machinery and a sports and youth procession.  Where else can you see a BelAZ on city streets?

The show was really impressive, said those gathered along the road. But people went to the parade not only for the spectacle. They also took advantage of a unique opportunity to interact with veterans. This is especially important for the younger generation.

Minsk residents and guests of the capital:
For us it is very important to talk to them and leave it all in our soul, so that our children and the next generations can convey this sense of pride.

It is very nice, very interesting. The is the first time I've seen the parade. That was awesome, really!