Russians and Ukrainians on Friday celebrated Victory Day, an important patriotic holiday commemorating the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. But recent tensions between the two nations were evident in Moscow’s displays of military might and the parades and somber graveside tributes in Kiev and eastern Ukraine.
May 9, 2014 Russian Sukhoi Su-25 ground-attack aircraft release smoke in the colors of the Russian flag above Moscow’s Red Square during the Victory Day parade. The commemoration came fresh off Russia’s annexation of Crimea and as thousands of the nation’s troops massed on the border with Ukraine, poised to invade — and to create new wartime veterans — if Putin gives the command. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo