Ukraine’s Victory Day celebrations curtailed because of fears of war, violence

For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, Victory Day celebrations will be held in a war-like atmosphere as fears of a full-scale Russian invasion remain.

Consequently, Ukraine has curtailed events on May 9 – which is when the defeat of Nazi Germany is celebrated in the former Soviet Union. Parades, public prayers and a festival at Spivoche Pole were cut out.

Foreign embassies are warning their citizens about traveling in Ukraine, while Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) says the nation’s eastern oblasts remain vulnerable to attacks by Kremlin-backed separatists.

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