Why May 9 will be a date to watch in Ukraine

May 8, 2014 5:38 PM

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Russian servicemen march in formation as they take part in a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 7. Russia celebrates its victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. (Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)

It'd be tough to overstate how much World War II still resonates in Russia. Take its naming: It's no "Second World War" in Russia, it's The Great Patriotic War. Then consider the death toll: 27 million Soviet citizens dead, according to one estimate. Horrifying events that took place on Russian soil...

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