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Israel rejects Ukraine’s request to cancel Victory Day celebrations

In Israel, as in the countries of the former USSR, Victory Day is celebrated on May 9.


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has decided not to cancel or postpone Victory Day events scheduled for May 9. Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian Ambassador Yevhen Korneychuk addressed the country’s head of government with a request to do so.

In Israel, as in the countries of the former USSR, Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. In the US and some European countries, including France and Great Britain, this holiday is celebrated a day earlier, on May 8.

Zelensky and Korneychuk asked Bennett to reschedule the ceremony for May 8 or cancel it altogether. The Prime Minister’s Office said the request had been denied.

Traditionally, representatives of the countries that participated in World War II are invited to the Victory Day celebration, which takes place in Israel at the Jerusalem National Cemetery.

According to Israeli data, around 1.5 million Jews fought against Nazi Germany on the side of the Allied forces, including approximately 500,000 in the Red Army. About 200 thousand of them fell in battles with the Nazis, and many of them? who survived the war, participated in building the Soviet Union, and later became citizens of Israel, according to The Times of Israel.


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