The act of unconditional capitulation signed on May 9, 1945 did not put an end to hostilities in Europe... The new government of Gross Admiral (Grand Admiral) Karl Dönitz resisted the Soviet troops in the western and central parts of Czechoslovakia... On May 10-11 three Ukrainian fronts continued to move west. On May 11, the Soviet forces met the 3d US Army at Karlsbad-Plzen-Klatovy-Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) line. The last Soviet offensive in Europe was over. Unlike many other European capitals Prague cherishes the memory of its liberators. Milos Zeman, the President of Czech Republic, happened to be the only EU leader to ignore the peremptory shout from Washington and visit Moscow to mark the 70 th anniversary of Great Victory.
Yuriy RUBTSOV | 12.05.2015