AP PHOTOS: Victory Day from Red Square to Crimea

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Putin made no reference to the situation in Ukraine when he opened Friday’s parade, focusing on the historic importance of the victory over Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Putin made no reference to the situation in Ukraine when he opened Friday’s parade, focusing on the historic importance of the victory over Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend a Victory Day parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Russia marked the Victory Day on May 9 holding a military parade at Red Square. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Russian army howitzers move along Red Square during the Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Thousands of Russian troops march on Red Square in the annual Victory Day parade in a proud display of the nation’s military might amid escalating tensions over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

WWII veterans walk during a Victory Day military parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. Crimea, which hosts a major Russian Black Sea Fleet base, is also set to hold a massive navy parade in the port of Sevastopol, celebrating the Russian takeover. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

A WWII veteran lays flowers at a war memorial during Victory Day celebrations in Odessa, Ukraine, Friday, May 9, 2014. In the Black Sea port of Odessa, which last week was rocked by violent clashes between pro-Russian forces and supporters of the central government that left nearly 50 people died, the local governor issued an order banning public display of Russian flags. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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