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Victory Day Commemorations Across The Region

Countries throughout the former Soviet sphere marked Victory Day on May 9 -- the 69th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. Veterans, government officials, clergy, and ordinary citizens attended parades and commemorations to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the war.

A girl sings at a Victory Day event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
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A girl sings at a Victory Day event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Soldiers parade in Bishkek.
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Soldiers parade in Bishkek.

People in Minsk, Belarus, carry a portrait of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
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People in Minsk, Belarus, carry a portrait of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Veterans attend a memorial In Vake Park in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
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Veterans attend a memorial In Vake Park in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

Georgians in Tbilisi mourn those who died during the Second World War.
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Georgians in Tbilisi mourn those who died during the Second World War.

Veterans and relatives commemorate Victory Day in Chisinau, Moldova.
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Veterans and relatives commemorate Victory Day in Chisinau, Moldova.

Chisinau, Moldova
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Chisinau, Moldova

People in Chisinau, Moldova, wear wartime uniforms.
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People in Chisinau, Moldova, wear wartime uniforms.

Flowers decorate the memorial flame in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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Flowers decorate the memorial flame in Panfilov Park in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Family members wear the St. George Ribbon, a Russian symbol of military valor, in Almaty.
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Family members wear the St. George Ribbon, a Russian symbol of military valor, in Almaty.

Veterans mark Victory Day in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
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Veterans mark Victory Day in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Victory Day in Luhansk, Ukraine
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Victory Day in Luhansk, Ukraine

Two women in Kyiv, Ukraine, hold a portrait of former Red Army commander and World War II hero Georgy Zhukov, the most decorated officer in Soviet history.
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Two women in Kyiv, Ukraine, hold a portrait of former Red Army commander and World War II hero Georgy Zhukov, the most decorated officer in Soviet history.

Veterans mark Victory Day in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
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Veterans mark Victory Day in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

The ship Kaliningrad, part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, lands in Kerch, Crimea, during Victory Day celebrations.
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The ship Kaliningrad, part of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, lands in Kerch, Crimea, during Victory Day celebrations.

People carry a portrait of Stalin during a parade in Simferopol, Crimea.
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People carry a portrait of Stalin during a parade in Simferopol, Crimea.

Victory Day events in Ufa, in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan.
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Victory Day events in Ufa, in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan.

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