On Wednesday, tanks moved along the central streets of the Belarusian capital to the venue of Independence Day parade.
The official Independence Day is celebrated on July 3, on the day of liberation of the Belarusian capital from German invaders. Such decision was taken by the republican referendum held in 1996. Earlier the Independence day had been commemorated on July 27, its celebration being coincided with the day of passing the Declaration of Sovereignty of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1990.
In the run-up to the event, the military vehicles got parked at the intersection of Masherov avenue and Dauman street.
Unlike in previous years, the event was held in the evening: it started at 21.00. About 4,000 military were involved, including officer candidates, students of military schools and departments, guards mechanised, air assault and airborne brigades, as well as special operations troops; Military machinery and equipment that entered service in Belarus were also presented at the parade.
As reported earlier, there was an emergency during the fireworks on Independence Day in Minsk. The Investigative Committee has confirmed that a 64-year-old woman was killed after fireworks exploded low above the ground. She was watching fireworks on the banks of the Svislach river.