By WILL STEWART IN MOSCOW FOR MAILONLINE
Vladimir Putin is today staging a vast military parade showcasing Russia's firepower, and hailing as heroes his troops who have seen service in Syria.
Thousands of armed military personnel marched in formation through Red Square on a day of celebrations in Moscow
The annual Red Square march in Moscow marks the defeat of Hitler in the Second World War, but the Russian president was using it today to showcase the Kremlin's modern military might.
Putin was personally taking the salute at the parade involving 10,000 troops and 114 units of military equipment.
However plans to send 72 aircraft overhead were defeated by the weather - despite the Kremlin spending £1.3 million to spike the clouds with a chemical cocktail to supposedly guarantee sunshine.
The fly-past was grounded because of low cloud, thwarting Putin's bid to showcase his air force and honour Russian pilots who have served in Syria.
Dozens of tanks rumbled through Red Square as troops saluted Putin during the massive military parade in Red Square today
The Russian president was personally taking the salute as at the parade involving 10,000 troops, 114 units of military equipment and 72 aircraft
As well as tanks and troops, this Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system was driven through Red Square
Snipers were seen on the Kremlin Wall during the Victory Day military parade amid heightened security with Vladimir Putin watching on
The military display included this Buk-M2 missile system. But a planned fly-past of 72 aircraft had to be cancelled due to the weather
Putin also watched this S-400 Triumf medium-range and long-range surface-to-air missile system trundle through Red Square
The Soviet 'weather changing' technology successfully prevented rain on Putin's parade but failed to disperse the thick low cloud so only a display of armoured vehicles and missile systems went ahead.
Putin told the annual commemoration: 'We will always guard Russia just as you, the soldiers of the Victory, did.
'And [we will] strengthen the traditions of patriotism, loyally serving the homeland.