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Live Reporting

By Laurence Peter, Dhruti Shah, Paul Harrison and Kerry Alexandra

All times stated are UK

  1. Victory Day coverage ends

    We're wrapping up our live coverage of the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Thanks for staying with us. You can follow all of the latest updates on the BBC News website.

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    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.

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    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.

  4. Tu-160 strategic bomber flies over Red Square

    Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber flies over Red Square
  5. Rebel show of arms in Donetsk

    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.

  6. Wreath-laying at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

    Putin and other leaders laying wreath
    Image caption: From left: Venezuelan President's wife Cilia Flores, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan
  7. A sniper guarding the Kremlin

    A sniper on the Kremlin wall
  8. Russia brings back WW2 symbols

    Vitaly Shevchenko at BBC Monitoring explains in this feature how Russians have embraced WW2 symbols again.

    Russian St George's ribbon
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    People waiting for the parade

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    Daniel Charles message

    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.

  11. TV silent on Buk missile

    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.

  12. Kiev ceremony 'contrasts with Moscow'

    Maxim Eristavi tweets: Soviet craze in Moscow vs somber procession in Kyiv. Have never seen Ukraine & Russia differ so much.

    His pic of the ceremony in the Ukrainian capital:

    Kiev ceremony
  13. New Armata tank appears

    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.

    Read our guide to the new Russian weapons systems on display in Moscow.

    Armata tank
  14. Nuclear-capable missiles in parade

    Yars missiles
    Image caption: RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles on Red Square
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    Victory Day parade

    Eelco Schuller, who tweets at @Eelcosch is watching the parade from his hotel in Moscow. He says this picture shows nuclear rocket launchers passing by.

  16. Ukraine scorns 'Moscow's propaganda'

    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.

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    Galina @Bonery_Linus tweets: If other countries have suffered from Nazi so much, they would understand how high price was and celebrate this Day like us

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    Francois Heisbourg tweets: Moving: smiles of WW2 veterans as they hear tunes of their youth at #VictoryDay parade in Moscow. The only heroes on Red Square today

  19. Flowers from a veteran in Donetsk

    BBC's Tom Burridge in Donetsk tweets: A veteran wanted to give me these flowers because: "Britain and USSR fought fascism together"

    Tom Burridge, BBC with war veteran in Donetsk
  20. Quick guide to Victory Day - video

    BBC News has this video explaining the background to Russia's Victory Day.

  21. Jets fly in 70 shape over Moscow

    Jets display over Moscow
    Image caption: MiG-29 and Su-25 military jets form a 70 shape over Moscow
  22. Chinese soldiers march in Red Square

    Chinese servicemen march during the Victory Day parade at Red Square
  23. Aerobatic display over Red Square

    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.

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    Helicopters fly over the Victory Day Parade

    Bruce Hoult tweets: First choppers

  25. Infantry fighting vehicles in drive-past

    Russian BMD-4M Sadovnitsa infantry fighting vehicles in Moscow
  26. Donetsk parade not far from front line

    Veterans in Donetsk
    Image caption: Veterans in Donetsk: BBC's Will Vernon says this parade is in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine
  27. Rebel tanks in Donetsk parade, eastern Ukraine

    Russian tanks in Donetsk parade
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    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.

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    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.

  30. Indian Army troops march in Moscow

    Indian Army troops march in Moscow
  31. Millions died on the Russian front

    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.

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    С Днем Победы and its English equivalent #VictoryDay are the two top Twitter trends in Russia right now.

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    @VictorPlazas362 tweets: A stunning demonstration of tribute for those that carried the greatest weight in defeating Nazi Germany

  34. The spectacle on Red Square

    Red Square parade
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    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.

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    Bogdan emails: I stay in Moscow, but I won't see the "parade of cynicism"; Putin's parade.

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    @sandesh_samant tweets: Yaaay!!! Indian soldiers in #VictoryDay Parade with the Indian flag.

  38. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes soldiers

    Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes soldiers
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    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.

  40. Banners from storming of Berlin

    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.

  41. Putin warns of 'military bloc mentality'

    President Putin (2nd from right) met China's President Xi Jinping
    Image caption: President Putin (2nd from right) met China's President Xi Jinping

    President Putin warned that global tensions were growing again, endangering global progress and the peaceful coexistence of nations.

    "In recent decades the basic principles of international co-operation have been ignored ever more frequently. The principles that mankind achieved through suffering after the global ordeals of the war. We have seen attempts to create a unipolar world. We see how a military bloc mentality is gaining momentum. All this is undermining the stability of global development."

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    Dr Elena Mucci in Hastings, UK emails: Watching the parade on Channel 1 and cannot hold tears back. I am Russian, always will be, this is our tradition, how dare you to decry our traditions! This is not show off, this is how we celebrate and remember the 27 million dead. Shame on you BBC!

  43. Vintage WW2 tanks on show in Moscow

    Vintage Soviet WW2 tanks at Lenin library
  44. Soviet music revived

    The BBC's Pavel Aksenov writes:

    The anthem played on Red Square is the third version of the Russian national anthem. The music was written by Alexander Alexandrov in 1939 - initially it was a hymn of the Bolshevik party. In 1944 Stalin asked the composer to turn it into the new anthem.

    It was used as the official Soviet hymn until 1990, when it was changed to Mikhail Glinka's Patriotic Song. In 2000 Vladimir Putin brought back the Soviet anthem. Its lyrics are different, but they were written by the author of the first variant - Sergei Mikhalkov. He changed the whole sense and mood of this hymn - took away the name of Communist leader Lenin and replaced it with "God".

  45. Why the diplomatic boycott?

    Bridget Kendall

    Diplomatic correspondent

    Here's the key to the diplomatic side-stepping by Western nations here - just explained to me by one diplomat. They don't want to offend Russia and want to be seen to be paying their respects to an important WW2 ally.

    But they're nervous in case this Red Square military parade and Mr Putin's speech turns out to be heavily political. That's why those few top-level EU dignitaries who are in Moscow are mostly skipping the parade, but will be present at the wreath-laying and family photo - and why Chancellor Merkel isn't coming until tomorrow.

  46. Putin: Soviet army brought peace

    President Vladimir Putin is addressing the throng in Red Square. He pays tribute to the sacrifices of Soviet troops in WW2. He praises their courage, saying it will always be the "patriotic pinnacle" of Russian history.

    But he warns that the foundations of international co-operation have been put at risk in recent years.

  47. Kazakh President watches parade

    Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

    Leaders of former Soviet states are attending, like Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. But many Western leaders who were invited are staying away, amid tensions over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

  48. Echoes of Soviet times

    Bridget Kendall

    Diplomatic correspondent

    Invited guests are in position, many of them laden with medals, massive posters are hung from buildings, red stars gleaming on the Kremlin. It takes me right back to the massive military parades of the Soviet era, except the colours this year aren't red, they're sky blue and the portraits are of WW2 heroes - not communist leaders.

  49. 'Like a Hollywood film set'

    Bridget Kendall

    Diplomatic correspondent

    Perfect weather for the start of the parade, sunny but not too hot for all the soldiers in their heavy dress uniforms.

    Being herded onto Red Square in the press pack was like arriving on a Hollywood film set - selected soldiers boxed into position, marching on the spot, from dozens of different regiments, like different dances all in rehearsal simultaneously. All is choreographed so nothing is left to chance.

  50. Moscow Victory Day parade starts

    Welcome to our live coverage of Russia's vast military parade for Victory Day. It is 70 years since Soviet and Western forces defeated Nazi Germany in World War Two. Stay with us for the latest updates - reports from our correspondents on the ground and expert analysis. You can contact us via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.

    Russian troops arriving for parade