Leaders of the Georgian two occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali have arrived in Russia to attend celebrations dedicated to the end of WWII amid threats of the coronavirus.
Both de facto leaders of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia are in Moscow to attend the delayed celebrations which should have taken place on May 9 and were postponed until June 24 due to the coronavirus.
Russia has been widely criticized for holding the event as about 230,000 people still remain infected with COVID-19 in the country.
Over 14,000 troops, 200 armored vehicles, and 75 aircraft are participating in the celebration in Moscow's Red Square. Representatives from 13 other countries will also be present, international media outlets report.
Russia recognised Abkhazia and Tskhinvali as independent states after the Russia-Georgia 2008 war.
Since then only Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria have recognised the regions as independent states, the rest of the international community says that the regions are occupied by Russia.