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World War Two veterans attend a congratulatory ceremony on the eve of the Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine May 8, 2014. Ukraine, along with Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) states, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9.

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Second world war veterans attend a ceremony on the eve of Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on Friday.

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.

Chinese paramilitary policemen cry as they see off veterans during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

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Chinese paramilitary policemen cry as they see off veterans during a farewell ceremony in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

Russian airborne veterans and young cadets march along central St. Petersburg on August 2, 2013, celebrating the Day of Paratroops.

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Airborne veterans and young cadets march in central St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday, to celebrate Paratroopers’ Day

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

Australians Commemorate ANZAC Day

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Members of the Albert Battery shoot a volley of fire during the Anzac dawn service at Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club on Thursday in Gold Coast, Australia. Veterans, dignitaries and members of the public today marked the 98th anniversary of Anzac (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) Day, when allied Australian and New Zealand first world war forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Commemoration events are held across both countries in remembrance of those who fought and died in all wars.