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Russia's Victory Day Celebrations Snubbed By Western Leaders

Moscow's role in the war in eastern Ukraine is thought to be behind the conspicuous absence of Western officials at the celebrations.

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Although many foreign dignitaries were in attendance, the ceremony was marked by the conspicuous absence of U.S. and European leaders.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) and Cuban President Raul Castro (R).

Relations between Moscow and the West have been frosty since war broke out in eastern Ukraine over a year ago.

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Front row from right: Chinese President Xi Jinping with his wife Peng Liyuan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

According to the BBC, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech Saturday, "In recent decades the basic principles of international co-operation have been ignored ever more frequently. We see how a military-bloc mentality is gaining momentum."

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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