Ukraine breaks with Russia as it marks WWII anniversary

Ukraine is distancing itself from Russia as it marks 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in World War II while locked in a brutal conflict with pro-Moscow rebels.

For the first time the ex-Soviet country that lost millions of soldiers and civilians in fighting on both sides of the frontline during

the war will mark May 8 – a date celebrated across much of Europe – as a “Day of Memory and Reconciliation”.

The traditional Soviet-era holiday May 9 remains Victory Day commemorating the Nazi defeat but, unlike in Russia, where a grandiose military parade will be held on Red Square, Kiev is planning a low key “March of Peace” by Ukrainian and European army bands.



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