Belarus defied the coronavirus pandemic Saturday. Russia didn’t.
The ex-Soviet neighbors had each deliberate public celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in World Battle II, however solely Belarus pushed ahead.
A military parade surged by way of the Belarus capital of Minsk, whereas Russia supplied up solely an airshow over Moscow’s Pink Sq. and a wreath-laying by President Vladimir Putin.
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has all however ignored the coronavirus — not like most leaders of European nations, together with Putin, who’ve ordered lockdowns. Russia continues to be underneath tight restrictions.
Lukashenko mentioned his military parade reminds Belarusians of the hardships and sacrifices they made in the course of the Soviet period, the BBC reported.
“They gave their lives so we may stay immediately,” Lukashenko mentioned earlier than the parade. “That’s why we will honor our heroes on this sacred day. We can not do something totally different.”
Putin laid flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier close to the Kremlin and gave a speech paying tribute to the bravery of the Soviet military in the course of the warfare, PBS reported.
Belarus has reported 21,101 instances of coronavirus and 121 deaths. Russia has reported roughly 200,000 instances and greater than 2,000 deaths.