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Soviet military veterans take part in the flower laying ceremony at the Soviet-era World War II memorial in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.

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Military veterans take part in the flower-laying ceremony at the Soviet-era second world war memorial in Sevastopol, Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the departing Nato chief, on Friday said Russian accusations that Nato was violating “red lines” in their bilateral post-cold war agreements were false.

A man holds a portrait of Josef Stalin before laying flowers at the grave of the late Soviet leader during a ceremony to mark the 61th anniversary of Stalin's death in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.,

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A man holds a portrait of Josef Stalin before laying flowers at the grave of the late Soviet leader during a ceremony in Moscow’s Red Square to mark the 61th anniversary of Stalin’s death

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. Read more