Europe marks VE Day as war rages in Ukraine: Macron lays wreath in Paris and ceremonies are held in Berlin as continent commemorates the 77th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany
- Countries across Europe are marking the 77th anniversary of VE Day, the day Nazi Germany surrendered
- However parades and celebrations are overshadowed by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson said remembering previous conflicts strengthens his support for Ukraine
PUBLISHED: 10:01 EDT, 8 May 2022 | UPDATED: 13:32 EDT, 8 May 2022
French president Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath at the Arc de Triomphe today as he led commemorations across Europe marking VE Day, while the war continues to rage in Ukraine.
Victory in Europe Day is on May 8 to coincide with the anniversary of Nazi Germany agreeing to surrender 77 years ago.
While ceremonies are held to remember the courageous efforts of those who fought in WW2, the focal point for many today is Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.513.0_en.html#goog_1346372487Pause0:23Full-screenREAD MORE
Russia itself does not celebrate the end of WW2 on May 8 but on May 9, as Josef Stalin insisted on being present for the the signing of the surrender and held his own ceremony a day later.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky released a Victory Day video from Borodyanka for May 8, saying that evil had returned.
He questioned the phrase ‘never again?’, following up by saying ‘try telling Ukraine that’.
While UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson took the opportunity to once again show his support for Ukraine. French President Macron leads VE Day commemorations in ParisLoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time4:28FullscreenNeed Text
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France’s President Emmanuel Macron laid a wreath of flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe +28View gallery
Flag bearers light the flame at the tomb of an unknown soldier, ahead of ceremonies to mark the 77th anniversary of the Allied victory against Nazi Germany and the end of World War II (pictured at the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris)
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