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The so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR") terrorist group has staged a military parade in the occupied city of Donetsk said to mark the 75th anniversary of victory over Nazism in World War 2.

Like in Moscow, the event was postponed from May 9 to June 24 over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Novosti Donbassa media outlet reported.

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The number of COVID-19 cases keeps growing: yesterday, the "DPR" confirmed 26 new cases over the past 24 hours. In total, 676 people are undergoing treatment, according to formal reports.

Despite this fact, crowds attending the parade are seen wearing no face masks and failing to observe social distancing rules.

WW2 veterans are also seen at the venue, sitting on the podium without observing social distancing and some also failing to wear face masks.

Members of illegal armed groups marched along the central street of Donetsk, following the drive of heavy military hardware.

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Military hardware showcased included tanks, artillery systems, and rocket launchers used by the "DPR" against Ukrainian Army.

Many pieces of hardware deployed in the city center are subject to an OSCE ban, which testifies to the violation of Minsk agreements. OSCE monitors reported the same breach during similar parades in previous years. The event is also attended by the self-styled "DPR" leadership.

Sham head of "DPR" leader Denis Pushilin's security service was spotted sporting the uniform of the USSR's NKVD [punitive security agency].

In Russia's Moscow, despite the growing numbers of new active coronavirus cases, the parade is seeing the same disregard for safety rules, as seen in the following pictures.