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About Victory Day

On 9 May in Russia is celebrated one of its major national events – the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War.

“The Great Patriotic War” is how in Russia is officially and traditionally called the period of its participation in the World War II (22 June 1941 – 9 May 1945). The term “World War II” is used to refer to the entire period of war from
1 September 1939 to 2 September 1945.

The Russia’s contribution to the liberation of the World from fascism cannot be overestimated. Winston Churchill, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, once said: “Stalingrad tore the guts out of Hitlers’s war machine” recognizing the crucial role of the Soviet army in defeating of the Third Reich. The seriousness with which Russia treats the war and victory is to honor the 27 million lives they lost. This figure of losses is hardly to imagine.

The Allies provided Russia a significant support during the war – they sent Arctic Convoys with military and humanitarian aid. Many citizens of Australia served in this ships and Russia will never forget their help.

Russia and Australia were fighting against common foe during the
World War I and many servicemen of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) were ethnic Russians. During the World War II Australia provided Russia with all the possible assistance. In the run-up to 9 May it is very important to remember about these events.