Each year, the 9th May is celebrated in Russia and other Eastern European countries, which marks the end of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and the capitulation of Nazi Germany in front of the Soviet Union. The war that was over 64 years ago took the lives of nearly 27 million Soviets. Inside the post, you will see photos of the Parade of Victory Day in Moscow and some photos from the other countries of Eastern Europe that day.
Russian MiG-29 fighter jets, an Ilyushin Il-78 refeuling tanker and a Tupolev Tu-95 turboprop long range bomber fly over the Kremlin on Red Square in Moscow on May 7, 2009 during a dress rehearsal for the May 9 Victory Day parade celebrating the end of WII.
Russian army Topol-M missile launchers are seen entering Red Square with St. Basil's Cathedral in the background, in downtown Moscow, Tuesday, April 28, 2009 during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade.
Belarussian soldiers participate in Victory Day celebrations in Minsk on May 9, 2009 commemorating the end of WWII. Belarus was heavily invoved in the war as its soldiers served in the Soviet Red Army and many battle were fought on its territory.
A Russian World War II veteran wearing a Navy uniform (no name given) toasts his fellow veterans during the annual Victory Day celebration in downtown Moscow on Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)
Russian soldiers salute unseen spectators as they ride atop their Sprut-SD self-propelled tank destroyers during the annual Victory Day parade at Moscow's Red Square, Saturday, May 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev makes a speech on Red Square during the nation's Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2009 in commemoration of the end of WWII. Russia sternly warned its foes not to dare make any aggression against the country, as it put on a Soviet-style show of military might in Red Square including nuclear capable missiles.
Victor, age 7, dressed in a traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt, places flowers at the monument of the Unknown Soldier at a memorial to World War II veterans in a memorial park in Kiev on Saturday, May 9, 2009.
People throw earth onto coffins with remains of prisoners of WWII during a reburial ceremony on Memory Field, not far from western Ukrainian city of Slavuta, Khmelnitsky district, on May 8, 2009, one day before Victory Day. Memory Field is on the site of a Nazi concentration camp where about 150,000 Soviet prisoners of the war were killed.
A volunteer excavates the site of a mass grave of unidentified Soviet soldiers that were killed during WWII, about 450km north of Moscow in Pochinok on May 3, 2009. As the Victory Day holiday celebrating the end of WII approaches on May 9, history enthusiasts were struggling to identify soldiers' remains and unite them with their relatives. 221 Soviet soldiers, both Russian and Estonian, were unearthed at this location.
A volunteer displays unearthed Soviet Red Army identity capsules, about 450km north of Moscow outside of Demyansk on May 3, 2009. Each capsule contains a slip of paper with the name of its bearer, like modern day dog tags.