Russia's annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow has started. The commemoration, which marks the end of World War Two, got underway when Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived to take his seat in the grandstand with top officials.
Western officials speculate Putin could use the day to formally acknowledge Russia's war with Ukraine, allowing him to step up his campaign.
Here's what to expect:
- Putin is expected to deliver remarks, pausing part-way through for a moment of silence.
- Bands play the national anthem as guns fire after his speech, followed by a parade of troops through the square.
- In previous years, ground-based weapons have been driven through the square, followed by aerial flypasts.
- Bands process out of the square.
- Putin leaves the stage with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other officials, then walks through the square.
- Putin arrives at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for a separate commemoration ceremony where he will lay a wreath at the tomb.