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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.
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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.
Respects are paid to the war dead during a ceremony at the Yasukuni Shrine on Thursday in Tokyo as Japan marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia following Japan’s surrender between August 14 and 15 1945. The Yasukuni Shrine honours Japan’s war dead from 1867 to the end of the Second World War. Read more