Central Asia celebrates Victory Day


NUR-SULTAN/BISHKEK -- Central Asian states Thursday (May 9) marked the 74th Victory Day to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany, local media reported.

All the Central Asian states, even more than a quarter-century since the fall of the USSR, celebrate Victory Day as a national holiday to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

In Kazakhstan, the celebrations traditionally begin with a flower laying at the Eternal Flame in Nur-Sultan to pay tribute to those killed in the war. A concert was set to follow, Kazinform reported.

According to the government, 1,800,000 Kazakhs fought in World War II, including 630,000 who perished.

Meanwhile in Kyrgyzstan, government leaders and thousands of residents gathered in Bishkek to mark Victory Day, reported.

President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Muhammedkaly Abylgaziyev and other government officials honoured the memory of the fallen.

Veterans, Kyrgyz military units, students, schoolchildren and foreign diplomats were also in attendance.

More than 365,000 Kyrgyz fought in World War II.

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