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- Russia stages its biggest-ever military parade on Red Square in Moscow
- 16,500 troops are taking part, with 194 armoured vehicles and 143 aircraft
- Western leaders are avoiding the event in protest at Russia's involvement in Ukraine conflict
- Patriotic mood grips Russia on 70th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany
- Foreign troops in parade include Chinese, Indian and Serbian units
John Pocock in St Petersburg, Russia emails: Watching the parade and having attended concerts by children and youths to commemorate the anniversary, you realise just how patriotic Russians are. What their country means to them.
Phil, London emails: 7 million Ukrainians died in WW2, 4.5 million civilians and 2.5 million military (mostly fighting with the soviet union). Their sacrifice and memory will not be officially acknowledged at this parade, shameful.
The BBC's Tom Burridge in Donetsk reports:
As the soldiers from the army of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic shouted, and the families watching cheered them on, you could not escape the fact that the tanks and rocket launchers rolling through the main rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine are being used in the current conflict against Ukraine.
This parade was nothing on the scale of Moscow. But the show of military might in Donetsk was poignant and at times triumphant.
Daniel Charles in Tanzania contacted us. He adds: I've experienced similar such events in most developing countries, sorry to say, when the govt lacks democratic governance and must impose itself on its citizens.
Vitaly Shevchenko at BBC Monitoring, watching the live Russian TV broadcast, reports:
A Buk surface-to-air missile system - of the kind believed to have downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 - was the only type of military kit displayed at the Red Square parade but not named by the announcer.
Pro-Russian rebels are suspected of having downed Flight MH17 with a Buk missile. All 298 people on board were killed last July. The rebels and Russia deny the allegation, blaming Ukrainian forces for the disaster.
Russia has paraded its new T-14 Armata tank - highly automated and described as a new-generation fighting machine, arguably better than many Nato tanks.
Readour guide to the new Russian weapons systems on display in Moscow.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has addressed a ceremony in Kiev. In his speech, reported by BBC Monitoring, he lashed out at Russia's portrayal of WW2 history:
"At least six million Ukrainians who fought as part of the Red Army are the main witnesses before God and history of the outrageous injustice spread by Moscow's propaganda myth that Russia would have been able to win the war without Ukraine.
"It is even more cynical to portray our country as a fascist state. Obviously, this is done with one aim alone: to explain and justify their crime in the eyes of their own, Russian people - the Russian aggression against Ukraine."
Victory Day is also being celebrated in Crimea, annexed by Russia last year, and eastern regions held by pro-Russian rebels.
The BBC's Pavel Aksenov in Moscow writes:
The two most famous Russian military aerobatic groups flew in one formation - The Russian Knights and The Swifts.
They flew military fighter jets - the heavy Su-27 and light MiG-29, instead of training jets. They said the combat planes are currently in front-line service.
Rada Nikulina in Leeds, UK emails: It is a great parade to commemorate the sacrifice our grandfathers made for us. My grandmother was in Saint Petersburg during the blockade, when people were dying of starvation, when there were bodies in the streets anywhere you look. So HOW DARE someone like Cameron or Obama, who are yet to deserve at least a bit of respect, show such disrespect to our veterans. Without our veterans all Europe would be wiped out.
Tony in Siberia emails: I am watching the parade in Moscow on TV (having already watched the local parade here in Tyumen) and you cannot doubt the unwavering patriotism of the Russian people of ALL ages, a lesson we could learn in Britain.
I think that Britain should have sent a high profile representative to the parade to show we are at least respectful toward our former ally. It just seems petulant and petty not to. We should have been mature enough and clear with Russia that attending would have been about honouring the anniversary and separate from the problems in Ukraine.
In Russia the fight against Nazi Germany is called "The Great Patriotic War". The bloody conflict took an estimated 26 million Soviet lives in 1941-1945.
On 22 June 1941 Nazi German troops invaded the Soviet Union, despite a 1939 non-aggression pact.
In the winter of 1942-43 the German advance was blocked at Stalingrad, southern Russia. About two million soldiers and civilians died in the long battle. After that, Soviet forces went on the offensive.
С Днем Победы and its English equivalent #VictoryDay are the two top Twitter trends in Russia right now.
Andrej Sviridov in Shepperton, England emails: The 9 of May is the most important day in our history. The day of freedom and victory! At the moment I am watching it online. The parade is our remembrance to fallen heroes.
Bogdan emails: I stay in Moscow, but I won't see the "parade of cynicism"; Putin's parade.
Ashish in India emails: Let's not forget the Russians/Soviets were the ones who suffered most heavy losses in the WW2 and they were the major force to stop the Hitler juggernaut. Even the Western world can't take away this fact, and if they are living in an environment of peace & liberty Russians are the ones to whom they should be most thankful to. By boycotting the parade they are showing their narrow political interests and disrespecting the innumerable sacrifices for the cause of enduring freedom.
The BBC's Pavel Aksenov in Moscow writes:
Among the banners at the start were standards of the Soviet fronts and two of them - 1st Ukrainian and 1st Belorussian - were the ones at the storming of Berlin.
The commanders of those groups of armies were Ivan Konev and Georgy Zhukov. There was allegedly a kind of competition between the two marshals - both were keen to take Berlin first. This wasn't proved, but it was Zhukov's soldiers who reached the centre of the German capital first.