On May 9, 2017, Russia is celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War and the end of WWII in Europe. Russia's celebrations on May 9 start with military parades across the country with the most famous taking place on the Red Square in Moscow and concludes with fireworks in the evening.
The Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) was a crucial part of World War II (1939-1945). It began on June 22, 1941, when Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Germany signed the Act of Unconditional Surrender in a suburb of Berlin in the late evening of May 8, 1945 (already May 9 according to Moscow time).
Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the consequences of the defeat in the Great Patriotic War could threaten extermination of the Russian nation.
The world's countries should build their relations both based on history lessons and directed at the common peaceful future, Heads of Diplomatic Missions of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan to the United States said in a joint statement on the 72nd anniversary of Victory Day.
The World War II commemoration event, dubbed "Immortal Regiment," took place in the Swiss city of Basel on Tuesday, with around 200 people attending the event, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Ukrainian military fired about 70 shells at the village of Bezimenne in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) during the Victory Parade in Donetsk, a spokesperson for the DPR Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.
Take a look at how Russian cities celebrate the Victory Day in Sputnik's gallery.
The "Immortal regiment" march to honor the victims of the World War II was held in the German capital for the third year in the row, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Tuesday.
According to a police department of the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, a total of 14 people were injured in clashes at the WWII commemoration event.
Over one hundred people took part in the "Immortal Regiment" commemorative march in Beijing on Tuesday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
Russia’s servicemen and military hardware have given a good account of themselves at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, Russian army's Land Forces Commander-in-Chief Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov said Tuesday.
An "Immortal Regiment" has been marching through Central London to mark the 72nd anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany. The tradition that started in Russia in 2012, involves a procession of people carrying portraits of their relatives or friends who fought and died in the Second World War, also known as the Great Patriotic War in Russia.
On May 9, Russia celebrates the 72nd anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat in the Great Patriotic War. Russia's celebrations on May 9 start with military parades across the country with the most famous taking place on the Red Square in Moscow and concludes with fireworks in the evening.
Hundreds of people came to the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum on Tuesday to honor the memory of the victims of the World War II.
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On May 9, Russia celebrates the victory over Nazi Germany in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. On Tuesday morning, the annual military parade was held on Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate the 72th anniversary of one of the most glorious dates in Russian history.
Several thousand people brought flowers to the Soviet-era war memorial in Treptower Park, Berlin to commemorate the victims of World War II earlier on Tuesday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
The Victory Day parade in Crimea's Sevastopol gathers thousands of participants and spectators this year.
The "Immortal Regiment" march has kicked off in Moscow on Tuesday, May 9, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the 1941–1945 Great Patriotic War.
According to the Ukrainian deputy interior minister, some 50,000 people took part in celebrations on occasion of the Victory Day in Ukraine.
Simferopol, the capital of Russia's Republic of Crimea, on Tuesday hosted its first military parade ever to honor the 72nd anniversary of the Victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War.