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Clashes and unity calls at UN on World War II anniversary

May. 9, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. Security Council meeting on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe on Friday saw a clash between Russia and some Europeans, calls for unity to fight COVID-19, and warnings that the seeds of a new global conflict must be prevented from growing. Nearly 70...

In this May 5, 2020, frame from video, Alfred Abayev, head of a volunteer group searching for remains of the WW II Red Army soldiers, right, looks at projectile left on a WW II battlefield near Khulkhuta in the province of Kalmykia in southern Russia. The search is part of a broad effort by myriad volunteer groups across the country to pay tributes to the fallen WW II soldiers. (AP Photo/Radik Nurmukhamedov)

Russian volunteers search for fallen World War II soldiers

May. 9, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

KHULKHUTA, Russia (AP) — Crouching over the sun-drenched soil, Alfred Abayev picks up a charred fragment of a Soviet warplane downed in a World War II battle with advancing Nazi forces. “You can see it was burning,” he says, pointing at the weathered trace of a red star. Abayev and members...

In this photo taken on Thursday, April 30, 2020, Valentina Efremova, a World War II veteran, who served as a nurse in field hospitals on the frontlines throughout the war, speaks during her interview with the Associated Press in Yakutsk, Russia. For Russian World War II veteran Valentina Efremova, the coronavirus pandemic is like going through the war all over again. After the war, the 96-year-old said,

'Fear kills:' WWII vets recall war, reject panic over virus

May. 9, 2020 2:40 AM EDT

YAKUTSK, Russia (AP) — On the 75th anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II, The Associated Press spoke to veterans in ex-Soviet countries and discovered that lessons they learned during the war are helping them cope with a new major challenge — the coronavirus pandemic. As they...

In this image taken from video and made available by Buckingham Palace, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation and the Commonwealth on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, from Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Friday May 8, 2020. (Buckingham Palace via AP)

Europe holds low-key V-E Day commemorations due to virus

May. 8, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe marked the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces in low-key fashion Friday because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the continent. The big celebrations planned were either canceled or dramatically scaled back. There were no mass gatherings, no...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Rear-Front Memorial sculpted by Lev Golovnitsky and drawn by Yakov Belopolsky, the first part of a triptych also consisting of The Motherland Calls in Volgograd and Warrior Liberator in Treptower Park, Berlin, is seen in Magnitogorsk, Russia. A Magnitogorsk memorial honors both those who fought and those who supplied them. The Rear-Front Memorial shows a soldier and a steelworker holding a sword together, with the worker facing the vast steel mills that were key suppliers to the Soviet defense effort. (AP Photo/Maxim Shmakov)

AP PHOTOS: Memorials weave WWII into Russia's psyche

May. 7, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russians this year won't be able to mark Victory Day, the end of World War II in Europe, with the usual elaborate parades because of coronavirus restrictions . But they can turn their eyes to a remarkable array of war monuments. The Soviet Union's suffering and valor in the war has become a...

In this Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 photo, the remains of a Soviet soldier are exhumed, during a search for fallen WWII soldiers near the village of Klessin in Germany. In eastern Germany, today's verdant pastures were killing fields 75 years ago as the Soviet Red Army pushed toward the Nazi capital in the final weeks of World War Two. Volunteers from across Europe comb across the area looking for the remains of the thousands of missing soldiers, working from old maps and aerial photos to identify the trenches, foxholes and strongpoints where they could be buried. They strive to give the dead a proper burial, and wherever possible identify the remains to provide closure for families.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

75 years after WWII, search continues for missing soldiers

May. 5, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

KLESSIN, Germany (AP) — Thomas Siepert looks across the verdant grain field, glowing in the sun after a spring thunderstorm, as windmills slowly churn in the distance. Wild boar piglets trundle across the road into town and a hare pops out and dashes away. Yet the serene scene belies the slaughter there...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2010 file photo, Natan Sharansky, the Jewish Agency's chairman attends a press conference at the opening of the new Israeli Cultural Institute, in Budapest, Hungary. Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize, announced Monday, May 4, 2020 that he will donate his $1 million award to organizations fighting the coronavirus pandemic and helping individuals impacted by the outbreak. The tradition of forgoing the prize money was set by previous winners. Sharansky plans to donate to Israeli groups that assist children with severe disabilities, victims of domestic violence and the elderly. He will also promote research at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and Columbia and New York Universities. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, File)

Sharansky to use Genesis Prize proceeds to fight coronavirus

May. 3, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, winner of the 2020 Genesis Prize, announced Monday that he will donate the $1 million award to organizations fighting the coronavirus pandemic and assisting people most affected by the outbreak. In a statement released by prize organizers, Sharansky...

A worker covers the statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev after its been removed from its site in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, April 3, 2020. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980 when the country was occupied by Soviet troops, has been a source of controversy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Russia aims to prosecute destruction of war monuments abroad

Apr. 8, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s defense minister called on law enforcement officials Wednesday to consider filing criminal charges against representatives of other countries where World War II memorials commemorating the actions of the Soviet Union are demolished. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the...

A man reads a newspaper with the headline: 'PM in intensive care', outside St Thomas' Hospital in central London as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care fighting the coronavirus in London, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Johnson was admitted to St Thomas' hospital in central London on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days. Having been in hospital for tests and observation, his doctors advised that he be admitted to intensive care on Monday evening. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

When leaders are stricken in office, how do nations act?

Apr. 7, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The measure of a nation — its DNA, or sometimes its political system — becomes more visible when its leader is stricken in office. How to respond, and what to tell — or not tell — the populace? The hospitalization of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the first...

The statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev is loaded onto a truck after its been removed from its site in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, April 3, 2020. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980 when the country was occupied by Soviet troops, has been a source of controversy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague removes monument to WWII Soviet commander

Apr. 3, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A district in the Czech capital, Prague, went on Friday ahead with a plan to remove the statue of a Soviet World War II commander. The Russian embassy in Prague condemned the move, saying it sent a protest note to the Czech Foreign Ministry about the “demolition.” Marshall Ivan...