Russia will flex its military muscles today as part of its annual Victory Day celebrations with tanks, fighter jets and high-tech missile systems expected to be paraded in Moscow.
The display comes amid heightened tensions in the region and follows a dramatic military build-up along the Russian border.
Ukraine fears an invasion may be imminent.
Russia last year spent more than $41 billion on military – less than six per cent of the figure President Joe Biden wants to grant the Pentagon this year.
Public data indicates Russia has more than a million active troops, 4,000 aircraft and 13,000 tanks, and its navy includes 64 submarines, 15 destroyers, 11 frigates and a single aircraft carrier in service.