May 9, on Victory Day, the celebrations, in which veterans and soldiers participated, took place in the square of Konstantinovsky battery in Sevastopol.
Konstantinovsky battery is a monument of Russia’s fortification works and military architecture. The citadel was built at the very entrance to Sevastopol bay in the XIX century to close the bay from enemy ships. Since 2014 the Russian Geographical Society has been reconstructing and restoring the fort to adapt the battery for placing exhibitions, a scientific library, and an archive in it.
The race for the Konstantinovskaya battery Cup was held on the territory of the citadel in the morning. The distance was 5 km. Members of the Russian Navy took part in it. The winner received the Cup, and prize-winners were given diplomas.
Veterans of the Great Patriotic took part in the ceremony of laying flowers to the mass grave of the defenders of Sevastopol. In addition, the event included a tour and a celebratory dinner. All the veterans received memorable gifts.
In the evening, before the big fireworks, the air balloon "Russia" was lifted into the air in the square of Konstantinovskaya battery. Although the balloon has an impressive size (4,000 m3), this is a smaller copy of another balloon that is being manufactured at the moment. The "Russia" balloon will be 25 times larger (100,000 m3); it will be the largest one in the history of aeronautics. In the autumn of 2018, the well-known traveler, member of the Russian Geographical Society Fedor Konyukhov will use this balloon to make a solo flight into the stratosphere. This expedition is planned to solve a number of research tasks, and the trip itself will be an unprecedented event in the history of aeronautics.