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European Leaders Hold Low-Key VE Day Commemorations as Belarus Plans Parade

HeadlineMay 08, 2020

European leaders, including Britain’s Boris Johnson, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel, are marking VE Day today with low-key ceremonies on this 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945. In Belarus, which suffered heavily under Nazi occupation, authorities are planning to hold a massive military parade in the capital Minsk despite a surge in coronavirus cases. Belarus’s longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has refused to impose any major restrictions on public gatherings, and medical experts believe a surge in COVID-19 deaths in Belarus is largely going unreported.

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