Women soldiers dubbed ‘Putin’s miniskirt army’ march in Red Square for Victory Day celebrations
FEMALE troops in Moscow showed a little more thigh than their male counterparts at Red Square’s Victory Day parade this week.
The women were dubbed “Putin’s miniskirt army” after their skimpy uniforms turned heads in the Russian capital.
In a show of Russia’s military might, the women marched in perfect unison in short white skirts and knee-high black boots.
Their outfits were completed with gold braid, black and white hats and white gloves.
The skirts, unusually for military uniform, were several inches above the knee.
The event, which takes place every year, celebrates the day Russian troops triumphed over the Nazis in World War II.
The striking women were accompanied by jets, tanks and nuclear weapons.
The hour-long parade was also attended by male soldiers, who grasped guns as they marched in neat blocks.
Around 10,000 soldiers were in attendance at the grand parade attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president looked on in the beautiful sunshine as his soldiers filled the historic square.
With state media, Mr Putin used the event to inspire patriotism and unity.
“It (the commemoration) has become a symbol of sacred closeness between Russia and its people,” he told the crowd.
“And in such unity and loyalty to the motherland lies our strength, our confidence, and our dignity.”
The thousands of soldiers marched through Red Square to military tunes in celebration of Russia’s military strength.
Mr Putin was joined by numerous veterans from the war, who proudly displayed their medals.
The grand event concluded with a flyover of Su-35 fighter jets, which shot out red, blue and white smoke to match the Russian flag.
These are the same planes that Russia uses in its bombing of Syria.
The parade showed off the S-400 air defence missile system, also used in Syria.
The president touched on Russia’s efforts in Syria during his speech at the annual event.
“Terrorism has become a global threat,” he told the crowd.
“We must defeat this evil. And Russia is open to uniting efforts with other governments, is ready to work on the creation of a modern non-bloc system of international security.”
In the lead up to Victory Day, Russia has criticised Ukraine and Poland for not celebrating the memory of the Soviet troops who defeated the Nazis. However, Poles say that the Soviet soldiers were occupiers.
Russia’s relationship with Ukraine has become strained in recent years after Mr Putin annexed Crimea in 2014.
Veteran Vladimir Norosov told Reuters that Poland and Ukraine should join in the celebrations.
“We fought together, myself and my Polish brothers,” he said.
“How many people died fighting to liberate that country? What they are doing now is disgraceful.”
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