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Putin Marks Victory Day Amid Pandemic With Muted Celebration

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin held a watered-down celebration of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, with the coronavirus pandemic denying him what experienced been slated to be an extravagant display screen of Russia’s military services may possibly.

Mr. Putin alternatively sought to unite the country close to its most revered collective memory by way of uplifting words and phrases and consoling gestures.