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Victory Day (eastern Europe)

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Victory Day (Russian: День Победы, Den' Pobedy[1]) marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War commonly referred to in the Soviet Union as the Great Patriotic War. This capitulation was signed late in the evening on May 8, 1945 (May 9 in the Moscow time zone), following the original capitulation Germany signed earlier to the joint Allied forces. The Soviet government announced the victory early on May 9 after the signing ceremony in Berlin.[2]



General Zhukov reading the German capitulation. Seated on his right was Arthur Tedder, Marshal of the Royal Air Force.The May 9 Victory Day is celebrated in most of the successor states to the Soviet Union, especially in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. (However, the Baltic states, which claim that Soviet Union used its victory over Nazi Germany as an opportunity to occupy them for next 40 years [1], celebrate the victory day on May 8th.) The day is traditionally marked by ceremonial military parades with the most prominent one being traditionally held in Moscow Red Square.


Two separate capitulation events took place at the time. First, the capitulation to the Allied nations in Reims was signed on May 7, 1945, effective 23:01 CET May 8. This date is commonly referred to as the V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) in most western European countries.



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