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Russian-Israeli World War II veteran poses for a photograph during a street parade, not pictured, marking Victory day in Haifa, Israel, Friday, May 10, 2013. Israeli World War II veterans from the former Soviet Union marched together with their families in Haifa Friday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Allies victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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A Russian-Israeli second world war veteran poses for a photograph during a street parade marking Victory day in Haifa, Israel on Friday. The veterans, originally from the former Soviet Union, marched together with their families in the city on Friday to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the allies’ victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. 

Russia Victory Day

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Russian second world war veterans leave Red Square after the Victory Day parade on Thursday. Vladimir Putin, Russian President, said at the annual military procession that Russia will be a guarantor of world security. Mr Putin’s short speech came at the culmination of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany 68 years ago. It is Russia’s most important secular holiday, honouring the huge military and civilian losses of the second world war and showing off the country’s modern arsenal