The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and Ho Chi Minh City’s Vietnam-Russia Friendship Organisation jointly held a ceremony in the city on May 8 to mark Russia’s 70th Victory Day over Fascism (May 9).

The organisation’s President Nguyen Huu Thanh said that although World War II ended 70 years ago, the value of the historic lessons from the fight against fascism remains relevant in today’s modern world.

Thanh told participants that Vietnam just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of the South and National Reunification (April 30), which was partly made possible by assistance from the Soviet Union.

Along with the entirety of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City will work with Russia to tighten and develop the relationship between the two peoples further, he added.

Russian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Alexey Vladimirovich Popov stated that the Russian people continually bear in mind the support from allied countries, including Vietnam, during their struggle.

World War II encouraged people to unify in the name of protecting the world order based on security, justice and culture, he said.

He also called for more efforts to help younger generations understand and remember glorious chapters in national history.-VNA