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Fireworks Display Illuminates Night Sky in Moscow for Victory Day Celebrations – Video


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The 2020 Victory Day celebrations have been altered in Russia due to the coronavirus pandemic, with many of the nation’s annual festivities, including the military parade being postponed. However, a fireworks display is set to illuminate the night sky over the Russian capital on 9 May in honour of the victory over the Nazi regime.

The live broadcast from Luzhniki stadium shows massive fireworks lighting up the night sky in Moscow, Russia. The display begins at 22:00 Moscow time (18:00 GMT). 

The anniversary of the victory over the Nazis in WWII is observed annually on 8 May in Europe and 9 May in post-Soviet countries.

Victory Day marks the final defeat of Nazi Germany by the Soviet Union and the allies in World War II. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the triumph.

A number of commemorative events for the occasion, including the country’s major military parade in Red Square, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dana White says US President Donald Trump is keeping tabs on UFC 249 ahead of fight night (VIDEO) — RT Sport News

UFC president Dana White said his team has worked flat out to keep fighters safe ahead of UFC 249, and revealed President Donald Trump is watching developments in Jacksonville ahead of fight night in Florida.

Speaking to US showbiz outlet TMZ ahead of UFC 249 – and before news of Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza’s positive coronavirus test – White laid out the challenges that his team faced during fight week.

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“Going into it, obviously there’s going to be no fans here,” he began.

“We’ve cut the staff way down, the people that cover the event and work behind the scenes. We’re doing multiple testing, two different types of testing.

“Health and safety is something that we worry about every single weekend, not just since this coronavirus popped up. But there’s going to be a lot of testing going on here. We have a really good staff and a group of people who work these events. We’ve got great doctors here, that are all over these guys and checking ’em, testing ’em, screening ’em. So this thing’s going to be as safe as it possibly can.

“Nothing is ever 100% guaranteed, but this thing’s going to be as safe as it can possibly be. And other sports can do this, too. It’s just really expensive and you have to spend the money.”

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White also revealed that United States President Donald Trump was also keeping tabs on developments in Jacksonville as White and the UFC look to hold the first major sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic caused quarantine and social-distancing measures to be introduced across the nation.

“Absolutely (he’s watching),” White said, as he revealed the pair had spoken prior to fight week.

“His whole philosophy was, ‘Let’s get sports back first, figure out how to do that safely. Then let’s start figuring out how do you get people back in the office, how do you get people in cubicles? And then, how do you get kids back in school?’

“So this is something we’ve been working on, and yes, he’s absolutely watching what we’re doing this weekend.”

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Fire in the hole! WATCH Russian gunners hone their pyrotechnic skills ahead of Victory Day night shows — RT Russia News

With Victory Day parades suspended due to Covid-19, fireworks crews will be among the few service members allowed to show off their military prowess on May 9. A rare video shows them testing new gear.

Fireworks big and small will burst over Russian cities on the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, meaning that artillerists across the country have mere days to polish their skills. One such crew – stationed in the Far East – received a brand-new fireworks launcher which they immediately put to the test.

While the launcher itself looks a bit old-fashioned, with several dozen mortars mounted atop a KAMAZ truck, the system itself is not – it features a remote control among other safety measures.

Gunners are seen putting the wires together and carefully loading pyrotechnic charges into the mortars. In a matter of seconds, the shells are fired into the air, exploding into bright, fiery flowers.

Apart from the fireworks, the Victory Day celebrations will involve flyovers for major cities, with the one in Moscow expected to be the most spectacular.

Airmen have already been seen on film rehearsing the show over the Russian capital – with 70 warplanes, among them strategic bombers, transport aircraft, tactical fighters, and secretive fifth-generation Su-57 jets traversing the skies this week.

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