Berlin residents laid wreaths and flowers to the Soviet War Memorial in the capital's Treptow Park on Friday. The ceremony was held to mark 75 years since the victory over Nazi Germany in WWII.

Berlin declared Friday an additional public holiday to mark the anniversary.

The memorial is the largest military of Soviet soldiers in Berlin that commemorates 7,000 of the 80,000 Red Army troops who died in the Battle of Berlin between April and May 1945.

Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War, known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War.

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