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Russia celebrates Victory Day as lockdown leaves Moscow deserted

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Russia celebrates Victory Day as lockdown leaves Moscow deserted

The Russian capital resembled a ghost town on this victory day, with traditional military parades and lavish celebrations canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. similarly reduced celebrations held in Europe yesterday.

Last year, about half a million people left Moscow on Thursday to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Due to the city blockade, the previously busy and traffic-clogged streets were eerily empty, with only an occasional car or passerby to be seen.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that Russia is "invincible" when "united" when giving a brief speech at the Unknown Soldier's tomb near the Kremlin this morning.

The celebration was also marked by a flight over the Red Square by the Su-25 planes, which left white, blue and red trails similar to the Russian flag.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered last month to postpone a celebration that had already topped the Kremlin's political agenda.

He assured the authorities during a videoconference that the 2020 parade would still happen at some point, but that the coronavirus crisis had priority.

So far, Russia has registered more than 198,600 cases, including 10,817 identified in the past 24 hours, according to authorities. In addition, 104 additional deaths were reported today, bringing the number of victims in the country to more than 1,800.

Russia is now the fifth most affected country in the world in terms of contamination, behind the USA, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The authorities say the increase in the number of cases last week can be explained by the increase in the tests carried out – 5.2 million as of Saturday – and not by an increase in the spread of the virus.

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