Six thousand fans of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish Republics founder, gather to form a giant Ataturk portrait at Ataturk’s mausoleum during the week of Turkish Victory Day, in Ankara, on Tuesday
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.
Russian servicemen take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade during a snowfall in central Moscow. Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9
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Sri Lankan army commandos march during a Victory Day parade rehearsal in Colombo on Friday. Sri Lanka celebrates War Heroes month with a military parade scheduled on Saturday. The parade celebrates the fourth anniversary of the military defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a 37-year long separatist conflict.
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 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.