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    Russian and Ukrainian warships will for the first time jointly take part in celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, a spokesman for Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol said on Thursday.

    Russian and Ukrainian warships will for the first time jointly take part in celebrations for the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, a spokesman for Ukraine's Black Sea port of Sevastopol said on Thursday.

    He said Sevastopol Mayor Sergei Kunitsyn had discussed a preliminary plan for the Victory Day parade with Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Alexander Kletskov and Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Tenyukh.

    Russia's Black Sea Fleet uses a range of naval facilities in Ukraine's Crimea, including its main base in Sevastopol, as part of a 1997 agreement under which Ukraine agreed to lease the bases to Russia until 2017.

    The city official said Russian and Ukrainian warships would move into a special "parade formation" in Sevastopol Bay.

    On land, the parade will be opened by veterans of the Great Patriotic War, to be followed by a march by Black Sea Fleet and Ukrainian Navy drummers, ships' crews and naval infantry personnel.

    In all, about 2,000 Russian and Ukrainian navy personnel will take part in the parade.

     

    SEVASTOPOL, March 11 (RIA Novosti)

     

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