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Live Blog: Victory Day In Russia

People are reflected in the glass of a bus stop as a Russian T-90 tank participates in the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade on Red Square in Moscow.


Key Points

-- Russia is rolling out its military might in a Red Square parade featuring 16,000 troops and an arsenal of hardware from the latest generation Armata tanks to 143 combat aircraft.

-- The event marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany by Allied forces -- a victory which Moscow now largely claims as its own.

-- Two dozen world leaders have flown to Russia for the parade, but Western leaders have chosen to stay away.

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And here is an impressive collection of photographs by Ukrainian photography Oleksandr Maslov, portraits of World War II veterans in their current homes around the world.

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Here are some great photos of Victory Day events in the Siberian city of Tomsk.

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Veteran U.S. actor Steven Seagal had a nice seat for the Moscow parade today.

The website of Russia's Vesti news program has a very large photogallery from Moscow.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a May 9 remembrance event in Kyiv:

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Some Victory Day images from the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, which is controlled by Russia-backed separatists:

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A few more images from the Moscow parade earlier today:

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Victory Day events in Yerevan, Armenia:

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On May 8, the Kremlin website posted an unusual congratulatory message from President Vladimir Putin. Putin congratulated the leadership of several former Soviet countries and of the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He went on to congratulate "the citizens" of Georgia and Ukraine. Here's the translation:

The president of Russia congratulated the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and also the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Great Fatherland War.

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Here is some rare footage of the September 1945 victory parade held jointly by all the Allies in Berlin:

And here is the June 1945 victory parade in Moscow:

And it is worth noting that Victory Day, May 9, was an ordinary working day in the Soviet Union from 1945 until 1965. On the 20th anniversary of the victory, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev organized the first Red Square Victory Day military parade:

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The Red Army monument in Sofia, Bulgaria, was once again vandalized:

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