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Clashes take place as during World War II Victory Day celebrations (PHOTOS)

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People sing Soviet war songs as they participate in the Victory Day celebrations on May 9.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

Several hundred people marched in Kyiv to celebrate World War II’s Victory Day on May 9. Many carried portraits of relatives who helped defeat Nazi Germany in 1945.

Ukrainian nationalists, who oppose the Victory Day celebrations because they regard the holiday as a Soviet event, approached marchers near Arsenalna metro station and threw smoke bombs. Small clashes took place, and several activists were detained by police but released by the end of the day.

Similar clashes took place in other parts of Ukraine. At least 15 people suffered injuries, police said.

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