V-Day interactive map: How world victory over Nazis in WWII was celebrated in Russia and beyond

Russian servicemen march during the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. (Reuters/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti)
Dozens of cities across Russia and abroad on Saturday joined huge celebrations marking 70 years since victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, Ruptly’s interactive map shows.

Military parades were held all over Russia, from the country’s Far East to Kaliningrad. A total of 26 cities took part, while ceremonies devoted to Victory Day were held in more than 150 locations across the country. About 85,000 servicemen from the Russian Armed Forces took part in celebrations, the Defense Ministry said.

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Celebrations were also held in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus and many other countries worldwide.

In Europe, commemorations started Friday as Nazi Germany’s Instrument of Surrender came into force at 22:43 CET on May 8, 1945. In Moscow it was already 00:43, on May 9.

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Seventy years ago, World War II, the deadliest conflict in human history, came to an end as Germany’s Instrument of Surrender came into force. Almost 80 percent of the world’s population were caught up in the six-year war, including all of the great powers, and a total of 55 million lives were lost in the conflict.