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Tuesday, 9 May, 2000, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
In pictures: Victory Day celebrations
Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union held celebrations on Tuesday to mark the 55th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany.

Russian soldiers
A vast parade was held in Moscow's Red Square

Putin and Yeltsin
President Putin was joined by his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin

Russian veterans
Bemedalled veterans turned out in their thousands

Russian navy veteran
Veterans sang and danced in Moscow's Gorky Park

Veterans in Kiev
Similar celebrations were held in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev

Veterans in Kiev
For some, it was an opportunity to remember famous leaders

Veteran in Kiev
For others, there were thoughts of fallen comrades

Belarus soldiers
Soldiers in Belarus had a picnic with their girlfriends

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