Europe and Russia spent the last few days celebrating the 71st Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) to mark the end of World war II.
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The German military surrendered on May 7, 1945, in Reims, France and then again on May 8 in Berlin, Germany, a week after the Red Army overtook the capital.
VE Day celebration in New York City. Ticker tape and streamers rain down on 42nd St. and Lexington Avenue. 8 May1945 pic.twitter.com/WizzU2tYee
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— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) May 9, 2016
71 years later, French President Francois Hollande placed a wreath at the Charles de Gaulle statue.
— DW News (@dwnews) May 8, 2016
Celebrations occurred in Israel. The Nazis murdered over six million Jews during WWII.
— Yad Vashem (@yadvashem) May 9, 2016
— David Vaaknin (@davidvaaknin) May 8, 2016
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) May 9, 2016
— Steve Whitnall (@SteveWhitnall) May 8, 2016
— Latvian MFA (@Latvian_MFA) May 8, 2016
But no one puts on a show like the Russians, who observe Victory Day on May 9 since the Germans signed the surrender late May 8. The Russians have used Victory Day to showcase their might and strength across Red Square in Moscow.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) May 9, 2016
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 9, 2016
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) May 9, 2016
This year, though, President Vladimir Putin cooled the rhetoric towards the West. Relations between the two have dipped to Cold war levels after Russia invaded east Ukraine two years ago and annexed Crimea. Putin told the crowd that his country “is ready to work on the creation of a modern system of international security, outside of alliance blocs.”
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