Thursday, January 18, 2018

Military paratroopers celebrated in Yekaterinburg

The city of Yekaterinburg took part in a military celebration on Thursday, capped off by a group of paratroopers making sky diving landings in the middle of the city.

The planes in the air hovered in a corn-cob formation before the paratroopers began to jump into the air. The airborne troops landed near the city administration building, JustMedia reports.

Military celebrations went on throughout the Sverdlovsk region on Thursday, with 19 cities celebrating the troops in 44 different venues. Yekaterinburg kicked off its celebration with a solemn service in the morning at the Black Tulip memorial.

Eugene Kuivashev, the governor of the Sverdlovsk region, thanked Marines in the area for their service and wished them safety in their future missions.

"(Thank you for your) hard and noble service to country, protection of national interests of Russia, faithful to combat partnership, the traditions of friendship and mutual assistance," Kuivashev said, according to JustMedia.

The military holiday is traditionally celebrated on August 2 to commemorate the landing of the first group of paratroopers in the Moscow Military District near Voronezh in 1930. The Sky Guard, as the paratroopers were called, was first used in the military in World War II. The elite unit has been trained to perform complex and demanding tasks in the most dangerous spots in the world.