70th anniversary of Victory to be celebrated at UN headquarters — Russia’s UN envoyWorld
Russia’s permanent mission to the United Nations seeks large-scale celebrations at the UN headquarters to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told TASS on Thursday.
"The UN General Assembly will hold a ceremonial meeting dedicated to this date," Churkin said, adding that the meeting will be held on May 5 or on May 6 and will be attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
"We expect our colleagues from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to take an active part," the Russian diplomat said.
He reminded that during the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of Victory the permanent representatives of the CIS member-states at the UN "spoke about the contribution of the Soviet Union and certain republics in the common Victory."
"This was a very emotional meeting," Churkin stressed. "I hope that something like that will be seen this year," he added.
The celebration of the Victory Day at the UN headquarters will see a concert. The screening of films about the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War campaign against Nazi Germany is already underway.
An exhibition of war-era photos will be open between May 1 and May 15. War veterans will be invited to attend the ceremonial meeting and the concert.