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Russia's 'Child Soldiers': Military Parade Features Kids In Uniform

About 500 Russian children, aged between 4 and 10 years, dressed in military uniforms for a parade to celebrate 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The parade, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, took place under the auspices of the commander of Russia's Southern Military District on May 14 -- a few days after an enormous show of military hardware by the Kremlin in Moscow on May 9, when Russia traditionally marks the victory.

Children line up to greet the parade commander.
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Children line up to greet the parade commander.

Boys dressed in historical military uniforms salute the parade commander. They are wearing the St. George Ribbon, a symbol of the World War II victory that is also widely used by supporters of separatism in eastern Ukraine.
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Boys dressed in historical military uniforms salute the parade commander. They are wearing the St. George Ribbon, a symbol of the World War II victory that is also widely used by supporters of separatism in eastern Ukraine.

These kids are in paratroopers' uniforms.
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These kids are in paratroopers' uniforms.

A performance by members of a youth military-patriotic club.
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A performance by members of a youth military-patriotic club.

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Women in military uniforms sing and dance at the parade.
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Women in military uniforms sing and dance at the parade.

Tiny troops are on the march...
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Tiny troops are on the march...

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