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D-Day 70th anniversary LIVE UPDATES

Published time: June 05, 2014 18:22
Edited time: June 06, 2014 14:28
Soldiers parade during a joint French-Dutch D-Day commemoration ceremony in Arromanches, Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy.  (AFP Photo)

Soldiers parade during a joint French-Dutch D-Day commemoration ceremony in Arromanches, Normandy, on June 6, 2014, marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (AFP Photo)

World leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, have flocked to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in WWII. Amid the celebrations, many of the official meetings have focused on the Ukrainian crisis.

Friday, June 6

15:06 GMT:

Interpretive dance is used to commemorate The D-Day anniversary.

14:30 GMT:

Hollande: "This isn't just a day that remembers the dead, but obliges the living."

14:19 GMT:

Hollande says we should recognize the contribution of Soviet forces in battling to free the world from fascism, and says German victims of the Nazi terror should also be taken into account.

14:17 GMT:

Hollande has called for the five beaches where Allied Forces landed in Normandy to be recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

14:15 GMT:

Hollande tells the veterans in attendance: "Thanks for having been there. You'll always be remembered on this beach."

14:13 GMT:

14:11 GMT:

Speaking at the D-Day Ceremony, President Hollande said "We have a duty of memory to all victims." Regarding those who served in 1944, he said "For them, 20 was the age of duty... The age of sacrifice."

14:09 GMT:

13:55 GMT:

Vladimir Putin has met with Ukraine’s president-elect Petro Poroshenko amid the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Both leaders agreed that bloodshed in Ukraine should be stopped immediately, according to the Kremlin press secretary, Dmitry Peskov. Military actions on the part of Kiev as well as pro-federalization protesters should also be ended, Putin and Poroshenko said.

13:55 GMT:

Vladimir Putin has met with Barack Obama in the Chateau de Benouville, Normandy, where world leaders arrived for lunch. Putin and Obama spoke briefly on the situation in Ukraine and the crisis in the country’s east, said Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov.

“Putin and Obama spoke in favor of immediately reducing violence and military actions [in Ukraine],” he added.

Comments (35)


Tony Gorman 06.06.2014 15:13

Just observing, the D-Day Commemoration is very well broadcast across the English speaking world. And I see from earlier remarks, the number of soldiers involved in WW2 on the Eastern Front and in the Far East was much more significant.
I'v e been in the Red Square only a few times for Victory Day and I can honestly say Russia and the former USSR soldiers/military personnel plus their families have a hot to be proud of. Every Family was affected!!!
Rest in Peace all fallen soldiers who were sent to War.
The Fight against Fascism was as important in 1939 as it is today...


Suppiah Adnan 06.06.2014 13:28

rocky Fjord 05.06.2014 21:53

Jeez, seeing Prince Charles in uniform from the back -- I kid you not -- kind of looked like Hitler to me. 2% of allied war deaths were British; Russia was 64%, China 23%; US 2%. So one can easily see who should receive the lion's share of honor: the Russian Bear! What shame Obama and Cameron are bringing upon
their countries with their double standards and dictates.
I begin to believe Obama has no sense of history or foreign policy, mouthing Ben Rhodes.


Obama has no sense of truth and justice. He is also blind and deaf to the misery he is causing in Ukraine.


Ronan Preston 06.06.2014 13:27

jmbarry 06.06.2014 13:02

"The invasion of Normandy was just a trick by the capitalists to 'save' the Nazis and Germany from the communists"
and western Europe too. Thanks god, if there is one, we were not occupied by drunk russian rapists for 50 years.


Always good to add a bit of humour to the conversation. Though be it strange...

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