The Victory Day march across Moscow’s Red Square today marks the defeat of Adolf Hitler in World War Two.
But with the increasing fears of a conflict between the US – after hundreds of American tanks were filmed heading to Europe – some see the parade as a direct reminder of their arsenal.
Russian air force Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said the sight will make other nations jealous.
“What makes this year so special is that virtually each and every pilot who will take part in the 9 May flyby in Moscow has fought in Syria, is highly decorated and will showcase skills that will make many countries salivate,” he said.
He stressed that the “most advanced types of aircraft” are being demonstrated.
The aim is to put on display “our very best achievements, all the good things we have,” he added.
More than 10,000 troops marched the route, along with 114 units of military equipment and 72 aircraft.
State of the art technology was on display – including the newly-developed Tor-M2DT short-range anti-aircraft missile system and the Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile system.
The sobering parade – commemorating the 27 million Soviet soldiers and civilians who died during WW2 – begun in Moscow at 8am UK time, with other commemorations held in cities across Russia’s 11 time zones.
It comes just days after Putin personally called Trump to warn against military intervention in North Korea.
The warning appears to have worked – with the US President promising not to launch an assault on the Hermit Kingdom providing Kim Jong-un gives up his nuclear arsenal.