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Ukraine cancels Victory Day parade on May 9 Last Updated : 01 May 2014 03:36:55 PM IST Ukraine cancels Victory Day parade on May 9
The May 9 celebration of Victory Day may be Russia's most sacred holiday.Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union).
There are reports online that any celebrations including parade to mark the day of victory over fascism in Kyiv has been banned by the new authorities and citizens and officials preparing these activities are receiving threats.World War II veterans could be "shot in the head" for wearing Soviet medals of valor.
The date of the proposed referendum in Donetsk comes on the heels of the May 9 holiday marking the 69th anniversary of victory in World War II.
Putin is scheduled to visit Crimea on May 9 for the first time since its annexation to Russia in March. He will be accompanied by Medvedev, for whom it will be his second trip. The visit has been arranged for May 9, when Russia celebrates its victory over the Germany army in WW2.
It celebrates the surrender of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union and is marked by large-scale military parades.
Throughout the former Soviet Union, crowds gather to honor soldiers for their part in defeating Nazi Germany.
Social networking sites are floaded with messages from the Ukrainian government's official website statement congratulating veterans from the southern city of Kherson for the 70th anniversary of their victory over the "Nazi invaders."
Kyiv say that all preparations for celebrations of May 9 as a public holiday have been cancelled.
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