Moscow's Red Square resounded with cheers, as Russia marks 77 years since the end of Soviet People's War against the fascism.
11,000 soldiers and cadets marched past President Vladimir Putin with their chins high.
Russia has given a preemptive rebuff to aggression.
It was a forced, timely and the right decision, the decision of a sovereign, strong, independent country.
Over the past two months of turmoil, Russia has been subject to multiple rounds of Western sanctions.
Negotiations between Moscow and Kiev remains at a standstill.
For this year's Victory Day, military parades are scheduled in 28 cities across Russia.
This involves some 65,000 soldiers, 2,400 pieces of military equipment, and 400 helicopters and aircraft.