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Belarus  teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the upcoming Independence Day parade  in Minsk, on July 2, 2013.  Belarus celebrates tomorrow Independence Day, an official  holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the World War II.

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Belarus teenagers take part in a rehearsal of the Independence Day parade in Minsk, on Tuesday. Belarus celebrates Independence Day on Wednesday, an official holiday marking the day in 1944 when the Red Army liberated Minsk from Nazi troops during the second world war.

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. 

A World War Two veteran leaves after a ceremony marking Victory Day, the anniversary of the victory of the Allies over Nazi Germany, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon May 8, 2013.

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A second world war veteran leaves after a ceremony marking Victory Day, the anniversary of the victory of the allies over Nazi Germany, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.