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World War II Victory Day celebrations in Russia and across Europe

World War II Victory Day celebrations in Russia and across Europe

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After Adolf Hitler’s suicide on April 30, 1945, the occupying German armies began surrendering in Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ultimately, Germany signed an unconditional surrender, signaling the defeat of the Nazi Germany regime. VE Day (Victory in Europe) is commonly celebrated on May 8, while the countries of the former Soviet Union celebrate the day on May 9.

The following compilation includes scenes from, and revolving around, Victory Day across the ocean.

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26 years later: Remembering the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

26 years later: Remembering the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

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The direct environmental implications of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan will not be known for some time, if at all. Those potentially exposed to the small amounts of radiation that escaped during the long struggle to contain the melting nuclear cores have only a few points of reference to draw from. On the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, many are looking toward the people of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine as they continue to monitor the health and well-being of their loved ones with increasing concern.
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