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Putin marks Victory Day in virus-reduced ceremony

The only vestige of the conventional show of military might this Victory Day was a flyover of central Moscow by 75 warplanes and helicopters. In the picture, Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S combat aircraft fly in formation above a monument in central Moscow, Russia.

The only vestige of the conventional show of military might this Victory Day was a flyover of central Moscow by 75 warplanes and helicopters. In the picture, Su-30SM, Su-34 and Su-35S combat aircraft fly in formation above a monument in central Moscow, Russia.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

This year’s observance had been expected to be especially large because it is the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked Victory Day, the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, in a ceremony shorn of its usual military parade and pomp by the coronavirus pandemic.

Putin on May 9 laid flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier just outside the Kremlin walls and gave a short address honouring the valour and suffering of the Soviet army during the war.

Victory Day is Russia’s most important secular holiday and this year’s observance had been expected to be especially large because it is the 75th anniversary, but the Red Square military parade and a mass procession called The Immortal Regiment were postponed as part of measures to stifle the spread of the virus.

The only vestige of the conventional show of military might was a flyover of central Moscow by 75 warplanes and helicopters.

In the final events of the VE Day commemoration in Western Europe, which took place a day earlier, Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate was illuminated late on May 8.

The words “Thank You” against a blue backdrop were projected onto the monument in Russian, English, French and German.

Earlier in the day, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier described May 8 as the day Germany, too, was “liberated” from Nazi dictatorship.

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