Victory of Great Patriotic War marked in Hanoi hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: Sputnik)

Hanoi (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on May 4 to mark the 72nd anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War (May 9, 1945-2017).

At the ceremony, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vasilievich Vnukov said the event was to remember former Soviet Union soldiers’ sacrifice for independence of their homeland and global peace.

He recalled memories shared between Vietnam and Russia in 1941, when the Great Patriotic War began and 11 Vietnamese volunteer soldiers fought alongside with the former Soviet Union army to defend Moscow.

The Soviet Union also backed Vietnam during its own struggles, the diplomat added.

The ceremony featured a musical concert and a procession, with participants bringing with them photos of soldiers from both nations who once joined the Great Patriotic War.

This year, processions in celebration of the Victory Day are scheduled to take place in about 90 countries all over the world.-VNA