Russians mark Victory Day with at-home celebrations | AFP

In Russia, this year’s festivities marking the 75th anniversary of World War II’s Victory Day are more subdued than usual, with the Kremlin reiterating its calls for people to stay at home. While some held flag-raising in their gardens, other put social distancing aside to visit war memorials.

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Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat | AFP

Thousands of troops parade before crowds of spectators in Minsk to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus holds Victory Day celebrations despite the coronavirus pandemic. Neighbouring Russia cancelled its Victory Day parade over the pandemic and Belarus is the only ex-Soviet country with reported cases to hold the annual event.

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V-Day parade 360: Military planes fly over Moscow

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Victory Day fireworks light up Moscow skies (Streamed live)

Moscow is commemorating the victory over Nazi Germany in WWII with a fireworks display on Victory Day by illuminating several locations in Russia’s capital, including Red Square, Sparrow Hills, and Poklonnaya Hill.

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German soldier who joined Red Army comes to Moscow for V-day

One German family that celebrated Victory Day in Moscow today has a special story. During the course of the war, their grandfather defected to the Soviet side, and risked his life on multiple occasions, trying to persuade other Germans to join the Russians.

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Putin welcomes & accompanies WWII veteran after he was pushed away by president’s guard

A presidential aide pushed away a decorated World War II veteran to make way for Vladimir Putin during Victory Day celebrations. The president then welcomed the man and accompanied him to Alexander Garden.

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RT on board plane taking part in V-Day parade rehearsal

During the rehearsal for the Victory Day parade, RT correspondent Murad Gazdiev was given the rare honor of flying on board a military aircraft.

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