On 9 May, 2017 Belarus is celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. Festive events are scheduled in Minsk and other cities and towns.
The Victory Day will end with colourful fireworks.
The Great Patriotic War is the most important and decisive part of the Second World War of 1939-1945. It began at dawn on June 22, 1941, when the German army attacked the Soviet Union, having violated the treaties of 1939.
The war lasted for almost four years and became the largest armed clash in the history of mankind.
Every year Belarus and other countries remember the exceptional courage of front-line soldiers and workers of home front, their valor, heroism and sacrifice for the sake of peace and justice.
Those people gave their lives so that future generations could live in peace. Those people are our models of spiritual force, morality and patriotism.
This year there will be no military parade in Minsk. A solemn ceremony of laying flowers and wreaths will take place in Victory square in the afternoon.
Victory Day celebration will continue with a big concert near the Palace of Sport on Nemiga and a festive firework in the evening.