Military parade rehearsal in Minsk (telling photos)
On June 23, the first rehearsal of the annual Independence Day parade was held in Minsk. It involved over 260 pieces of military equipment and about 3,200 soldiers.
For the first time in the history of Independence Day celebrations, women soldiers and cadets will march in the parade. In addition, Chinese and Russian military will take part in the military procession.
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 in1996. 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.