Vic­tory Day, 67 years later

Kyiv Post - - Opinion -

Ukraini­ans greet World War II vet­er­ans in Kyiv on May 9 (top) dur­ing the na­tional holidy to cel­e­brate the de­feat of Nazi Ger­many in 1945. Mean­while, Ukrainian sol­diers dressed in Soviet-era uni­forms (right) ride in vin­tage mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles dur­ing a pa­rade. Ukraini­ans suf­fered more than per­haps any other na­tion dur­ing World War II, since the ter­ri­tory served as the bat­tle­front be­tween Soviet forces led by Josef Stalin and Nazi Ger­many's Adolf Hitler. Some es­ti­mate that as many as 27 mil­lion Soviet cit­i­zens, in­clud­ing mil­lions of Ukrainian civil­ians and sol­diers, died in what is still known here as the Great Pa­tri­otic War. (AP)

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