The capital of Belarus is preparing for the Independence Day celebrations and the military parade, that will take place in the evening on 3 July.
As usual, the rehearsal of the large-scale action draws crowds of onlookers.
Just a few numbers from the Monday’s rehearsal – 4,000 militaries, 26 mechanized columns, 280 vehicles on the ground and around 50 aircraft and helicopters in the sky.
This year the parade in Minsk will welcome the military from 8 countries – Russia, China, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, who also marched the streets of the capital on 1 July.
Also, new to the action will be the march of Belarusian policewomen.
Rehearsals of the parade usually draw numerous onlookers, who can observe it at arm’s length. And even take pictures!