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Moscow: fireworks round off World War II commemorations

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By Euronews
Moscow: fireworks round off World War II commemorations

<p>Fireworks have rounded off events in Moscow, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. </p> <p>The conflict is known as the Great Patriot War in Russia. </p> <p>Earlier, the country staged what was claimed to be the world’s largest ever military parade. </p> <p>On show was the Armata T-14, Russia’s first new tank for 40 years. Soldiers, some in World War II uniforms, filed past under blue skies and bright sunshine. </p> <p>War veterans watched from the grandstand, chests bristling with medals, while crowds filled side streets around the Kremlin – cheering as fighter jets roared overhead. </p> <p>“This great victory will forever remain an heroic height of our country’s history,” said President Vladimir Putin, as he addressed those gathered. </p> <p>“But we remember our allies of the anti-Hitler coalition. We are grateful to the people of Great Britain, France and the US for their contribution to victory.”</p> <p>China’s president Xi Jinping was the most prominent world leader in attendance. </p> <p>There was a near-complete absence of European leaders, underlining tension between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis. </p> <p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel skipped the parade, as did US President Barack Obama and French and British leaders, but was to attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow on Sunday.</p>