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Russia, Ukraine mark WW2 anniversary

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 01:07

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine have commemorated the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 with solemn ceremonies in their nations' capitals. The two leaders are now in conflict over Russia's alleged involvement in eastern Ukraine. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) Story: In Moscow, Russian president Vladimir Putin led a memorial ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Putin, flanked by other Russian dignitaries, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall. And, in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko participated in a similar ceremony at Ukraine's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Poroshenko led a procession to the Eternal Flame at Kiev's Park of Glory built to honour those who lost their lives in World War Two. On June 22, 1941, forces of Nazi Germany and its allies launched an invasion of the Soviet Union and started nearly four years of war that killed more than 20 million Soviet citizens, including 3 million Ukrainians. Today, Russia and Ukraine remain locked in a crisis that began in March 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea. EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday approved a six-month extension of sanctions designed to pressure Moscow to help resolve the Ukraine conflict.

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Russia, Ukraine mark WW2 anniversary

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 01:07