Some 80 soldiers led by Major General D.Ganzorig, chief-of-staff of the Mongolian Army have returned today (25 June) on a MIAT chartered flight from Moscow. The Mongolian soldiers successfully participated in the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on 24 June, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. They left Mongolia to Moscow by a Russian military Il-76 transport aircraft on June 14.
Victory Day is normally celebrated on 9 May, however, this year, President Vladimir Putin ordered that it should be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The date chosen, 24 June, marks the exact time, when 75 years ago Marshal Zhukov astride a white horse led the first Victory Parade on Red Square. Mongolia was a close ally and contributed to the Allied Victory over Nazi Germany.
The charter flight, which brought the soldiers back from Moscow also repatriated 114 Mongolian students who have been studying in Russia. The students have been quarantined in a dormitory of the Mongolian National University.