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May 8, 2015 10:13 am

Europe Marks 70 Years Since Defeat of Nazis, End of WWII

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A VE Day celebration in Ukraine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Times of Israel – With quiet moments of memory or military pomp, leaders and ordinary citizens across Europe are marking 70 years since the Nazi defeat and the end of a war that ravaged the continent. But the East-West alliance that vanquished Hitler is deeply divided today.

Russia is celebrating Soviet wartime feats in a ceremony Saturday that is causing diplomatic tensions because of the country’s role in Ukraine’s conflict. Poland has held a ceremony meant as an alternative to Moscow’s.

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