Victorious Veterans across the steppes

This year the world marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. The Soviet Union, made up of 15 republics, and its allies won the war against Nazi Germany in May 1945. More than 20 million Soviet citizens were killed in the war.

Reuters photographers the length and breadth of the former Soviet republics captured portraits of Soviet army veterans, mostly now in their 80s and 90s, today and through archive pictures at the time.

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