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    FESTIVITIES BEGINNING IN UKRAINE TO MARK 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LIBERATION FROM NAZI INVADERS

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    KIEV, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Festivities are beginning in Ukraine to mark the 60th anniversary of Ukraine's liberation from the Nazi invaders.

    The historic Victory Banner, which was hoisted over Reichstag on April 30, 1945, will arrive in Kiev on Tuesday.

    As RIA Novosti was told in the press service of the Defence Ministry of Ukraine, the Banner will be brought to Kiev from Moscow in train No.1 Moscow-Kiev by the servicemen of the Guard of Honour of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

    On Wednesday, October 27, president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and Russia's president Vladimir Putin who is leaving for Ukraine on Tuesday on a working visit will lay flowers at the monument to the Unknown Soldier in Square of Glory.

    Besides that, on Wednesday the heads of state will participate in a festive meeting to celebrate the anniversary at the Ukraina National Palace.

    On Thursday, October 28, the heads of state will be present at the military parade and the march of veterans in Kreshchatik, and will also visit the museum of the Great Patriotic War.

    According to the scenario, the famous combat machine of the Great Patriotic War, the T-34 tank, will open the veterans' march. The standards of the four Ukrainian and of the first Belarussian Fronts whose personnel liberated Ukraine from the German Nazi invaders will be carried.

    The festive activities will be capped by an artillery salute and festive fireworks.

    By the information of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, presidents of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ilkham Aliyev will arrive to attend the celebration. President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was also invited to participate in the festivities.

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