In stark contrast to the celebratory parades seen in Moscow, Victory Day in Kyiv was a low-key affair.
Ukraine’s political and religious leaders gathered at the eternal flame in Heroes’ Park on Friday to pay their respects to those who fought in World War II.
But none of the usual celebrations took place – apparently in an effort to avoid clashes between pro-Russians and those who are pro-Kyiv.
Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk gave an impromptu comment when asked about the threat posed by Russia.
“Those who are terrorists, those who do harm, we will bring them to justice but we started to launch a nationwide dialogue two weeks ago and we believe the country will be united,” he said.
Kyiv’s main celebrations were held on May 8 – a day earlier than Russia. It’s seen by many as symbolic move to join with the rest of Europe in marking the end of the war.