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Jun. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 26, the 178th day of 2020. There are 188 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 26, 1948, the Berlin Airlift began in earnest after the Soviet Union cut off land and water routes to the isolated western sector of Berlin. On this date: In...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2007, file photo, Dr. Sergei N. Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev, speaks about the historic launch of Sputnik I in the Alder planetarium's exhibit in Chicago, Ill. Khrushchev died Thursday, June 18, 2020, at his home in Cranston, Rhode Island. He was 84. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet leader, dies at US home

Jun. 24, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Sergei Khrushchev, the son of late Cold War-era Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, has died at his Rhode Island home, authorities said. He was 84. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Joseph Wendelken, a spokesman for the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019 file photo, Russian military vehicles roll down Red Square Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia. A massive military parade that was postponed by the coronavirus will roll through Red Square this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, even though Russia is continuing to register a steady rise in infections. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Putin uses World War II parade to boost support before vote

Jun. 23, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A massive Russian military parade postponed by the coronavirus pandemic will roll through Red Square this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, even though Russia is still registering a steady rise in infections. President Vladimir Putin’s...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, stands between two WWII veterans as he takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2020, marking the 79th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin meets with World War II veterans, visits church

Jun. 22, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday marked the date of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union by meeting with veterans and visiting a new military church. Putin laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall and greeted World War II veterans. He also visited the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Yury Chikhanchin, head of Russia's Federal Financial Monitoring Service (Rosfinmonitoring) during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland says Putin falsifies history to weaken Western allies

Jun. 19, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is manipulating World War II-era history in a way that whitewashes Soviet crimes and accuses him of doing it as part of an “information war” against the West. The statement Friday from the government in...

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 15, 2020. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin insists on recognition of USSR's WWII role

Jun. 18, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In a lengthy article in a U.S. journal, Russian President Vladimir Putin insists on recognition of the Soviet Union as the prime defeater of Nazi Germany, criticizes Poland’s actions before the war and defends the annexation of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The article, titled...

In Russian, from left, English, French and German, the Brandenburg Gate is illuminated with the word

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...