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Hope Springs Eternal | May 9th 1945 – Victory Day, former USSR

Field-Marshal Keitel signing the ratified surrender terms for the German military

Field-Marshal Keitel signing the ratified surrender terms for the German military

In the Russian Federation and some former USSR countries, Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet states).

This surrender document was signed late in the evening on May 8, 1945 (May 9 by Moscow Time), following the original capitulation Germany agreed earlier to the joint Allied forces on the Western Front. The Soviet government announced the victory early on May 9 after the signing ceremony in Berlin. However, only since 1965 the Victory Day has been a holiday.

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