The final chapter

Many say the war ended on May 8. Russia disagrees

By Slobodan Lekic

Stars and Stripes

When did World War II end officially in Europe? It depends on whom you ask.

A series of German military surrenders culminating in two “official” capitulations two days apart, resulted in “Victory in Europe Day” being celebrated May 8 in the U.S. and Western countries, and May 9 in Russia and some former countries of the Soviet Union.

This year — which marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II — the difference is noteworthy because Western leaders will be boycotting the Moscow celebrations, including the annual military parade on Red Square, in protest over Russia’s actions in Ukraine .

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