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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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Russia staged a massive military parade in Moscow's Red Square on Saturday, celebrating 70 years since the victory over the Nazis in World War II.

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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.

The U.S. and the E.U. say Russia needs to stop backing separatist rebels in the region, but Moscow claims it's playing no active part in the conflict.

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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