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Deputy Russian PM celebrates Victory Day in separatist Moldovan region of Trans-Dniester

Russia's deputy prime minister urged people to fight fascism during a visit to a pro-Russian separatist region of Moldova to celebrate Victory Day.

Dmitry Rogozin told 2,000 people gathered for a military parade in Trans-Dniester capital Tiraspol on Friday that "the plague of fascism is thriving." He referred specifically to the deaths of mainly pro-Russians in Odessa in Ukraine last week.

His private visit to Trans-Dniester, which borders Ukraine, comes as the West and Russia are battling for influence in Eastern Europe.

Russia has 1,500 troops in Trans-Dniester, which were deployed after the region broke away from Moldova in 1990. The secession is not internationally recognized.