Putin takes part in memorial march in Moscow

STORY: People held aloft fading portraits of relatives and banners supporting the people of Donbas as Russia commemorated the 77th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

Putin walked at the head of the procession, carrying a portrait of his father who fought in World War II, defending the city of St Petersburg - then called Leningrad.

This year's Victory Day parade and the memorial events that have followed it have sparked controversy around the world as Russian forces continue what Moscow calls its 'special military operation' in Ukraine.

The event was named the Immortal Regiment to keep their memory alive and pass it from generation to generation.

Hundreds of thousands of Russians took part in events across the country this year - numbers similar to those seen before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to safety concerns.

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