Russia celebrates victory day ahead of army reforms

Even as it worked to reduce the size of the military, Russia celebrated its victory in World War II with a parade in Red Square that featured 10,000 soldiers, and a display of the latest military hardware. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev honored the veterans in a speech and said that the nation is ready to repel aggression.

"We are sure that any aggression against our citizens will be given a worthy reply," Medvedev said. "The victory over Fascism is a great example and a great lesson for all peoples and is still current today when people are again starting military adventures."

The May 9 parade dates back to the Soviet period and since 2008 it again features the large-scale display of the country's military technology. But despite the glittering display in Moscow, there are changes ahead for the Russian army.

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