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HARARE, May 8 — President Robert Mugabe has left for Moscow to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of Russia’s victory over Germany in World War II in 1945.

Russia commemorates the end of the Second World World in Europe on May 9 every year.

President Mugabe, who will attend the celebrations in his capacity as chair of the African Union (AU), will join some 26 Heads of State and Government who had by April 7 this year confirmed their attendance. Other leaders who will be in Moscow include President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The first Moscow Victory Day celebrations took place on June 24, 1945 at Red Square and was a historical parade commemorating the win of the former Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in what is referred to in Russia as the Great Patriotic War.

Zimbabwe, which has close ties with Russia, may also use the visit by President Mugabe to seek more investments from Moscow to stabilise and grow its economy which has been battered by years of western economic sanctions.

President Mugabe was seen off from Harare International Airport here Thursday by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, Cabbinet ministers, service chiefs and other senior government officials.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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