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Russia commemorates 77th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany

Marina Kortunova
Press TV, Moscow

Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 in Russia. This year’s celebrations come at a time when Russia’s relations with the West are at their lowest level. NATO countries openly supply Ukraine with weapons and conduct military exercises along Russian borders.

In his speech at the parade, Russian president Vladimir Putin talked about the ongoing attempts in the world to justify the crimes of the Nazis, recalled the actions of NATO in Ukraine and explained the reasons for the military action in Donbass.

Putin has defended the offensive against Ukraine, describing it as a preemptive measure.

And after the traditional military parade on Red Square, the president led the People's Parade. Starting 2015 the “Immortal Regiment” parade is held in hundreds of Russian inhabited localities from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok and in other countries. It became the most significant, emotional event as there is no family that has remained unaffected in Russia.

All who remember and honor their own veterans of the army and navy, partisans, resistance fighters, home front combatants, Nazi concentration camp prisoners come out with a picture of their beloved, those who fought or gave their lives for liberation of the USSR and Europe.

In Russia, Victory Day remains the most important public holiday of the year. It is equally revered in many of the former Soviet republics. The Great Patriotic War, which started for the Soviets in 1941, united the entire nation and still remains a centerpiece of Russia’s consciousness.

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