French President Francois Hollande (R) speaks with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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Ukraine, in a break with tradition that is certain to rile Moscow, is ditching the Soviet name for World War Two and aims to adopt the poppy, a mainly British wartime symbol, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.The moves, signalled by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk Wednesday, marked an attempt by Kiev to distance itself from Moscow's Soviet-style celebrations, planned for May 9, as the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine drags on.Ukraine will then mark Victory day on May 9 with its own war veterans' march in Kiev and several other big cities.Kiev, with most Western governments, is boycotting the World War Two victory festivities in Moscow because of Russia's role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Yatseniuk's phrasing made clear he supported proposals to drop the Soviet name Great Patriotic War to describe the conflict against Nazi Germany that in the West is generally referred to as the Second World War or World War Two.
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