Russian Embassy in Bangladesh hosts reception to mark Victory Day as Putin says Russia defending “Motherland”

DHAKA, May 9 (NsNewsWire) — The Russian Embassy in Dhaka Monday night hosted a reception to mark the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander V Mantytskiy welcomes hundreds of guests including ministers, lawmakers, diplomats,  senior politicians, journalists and top businessmen , among others,  at the reception.

The guests who exchanged views for hours at the reception greet Russia on its Victory Day which falls on May 9. 

In his welcome speech, Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mantytskiy said, “It is our great honor to have you here tonight with us to celebrate the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s Victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.”

Also on Monday, Russia marked  Victory Day with its annual military parade in Moscow’s Red Square.

The parade began with the march of the Honor Guard’s banner group carrying the Russian national flag and the legendary Victory Banner across Red Square.

The Victory Banner was hoisted over the Reichstag by soldiers of the Soviet 150th Idritskaya rifle division in May 1945.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, war veterans and guests watched the parade from the central reviewing stand on Red Square.

This year, Russia’s Victory Parade on Moscow’s Red Square involved 11,000 troops and 131 items of military and special hardware.

The airborne part of the military parade on Moscow’s Red Square was cancelled due to unfavorable weather.

“The airborne part of the parade will not take place due to weather,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS before the parade’s commencement.

Russian servicemen who took part in battles in the Donbass region also took part in the military parade on Moscow’s Red Square.

In his televised speech, President Vladimir Putin at the annual Victory Day parade in Red Square said ,” I am now addressing our armed forces and the Donbas volunteers. You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of World War II – so there is no place in the world for executioners, punishers and Nazis.”

He further said, “Everything indicated that a clash with the neo-Nazis, the Banderites [Ukrainian Nazi sympathisers], backed by the United States and their junior partners, was inevitable.”

He finished his speech with a rallying cry to the thousands of assembled soldiers: “For Russia, for victory, hurrah!”