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Victory Day without Putin's congratulations
16:25, 8 May 2018

Victory Day without Putin's congratulations

Russian president used a term 'Great Patriotic War' and did not congratulate the president of Ukraine and Georgia

16:25, 8 May 2018

theguardian.com

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the presidents of the post-Soviet countries with the Victory Day. However, he has not congratulated Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili. The congratulation is published on the website of the Russian president.

'Vladimir Putin has congratulated the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the citizens of Georgia and Ukraine with the 73rd anniversary of the Victory and the Great Patriotic War', the message said.

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Putin called the Victory Day a sacred date, the symbol of unity and extraordinary heroism of the nations that fought in the name of saving of the humanity from the fascism.

As we note Putin used the Soviet term 'Great Patriotic War' (1941-1945) instead of the commonly used WWII (1939-1945).

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The presidential administration of Ukrainian president has not responded to this step. At this time, Petro Poroshenko has claimed during today's commemorative events that 'there can be no common thins with the country-aggressor at out military calendar'.

As we reported today Ukraine celebrates the Day of Remembrance. According to the order of Petro Poroshenko, May 8 is the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and May 9 is the Victory Day over Nazism in WWII.

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