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Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a video conference meeting on the COVID-19 cornavirus situation in Russia, at Novo-Ogaryovo residence. Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia would postpone its May 9 celebrations including a huge military parade across Red Square to mark 75 years since the Soviet victory in World War Two because of the deepening coronavirus crisis.

The Kremlin had hoped to mark the 75th anniversary with particular pomp this year and that an array of world leaders would attend, but Putin said in televised comments that the event had to be pushed back.

He said the event would be held later this year.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by David Evans

Source: Reuters, April 16, 2020