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Russia commemorates the end of the Leningrad Blockade

The anniversary of the events of Leningrad, more than 2500 soldiers of the Russian army marched in falling snow in front of the former Tsar's Palace. The Parade began after Reports in the Russian media, with a minute's silence for the victims of the Blockade in the former Leningrad. To see historical and modern military vehicles such as tanks. Also, the modern air defense system S-has been shown 400, it was said.

At the commemorations of the Russian President Vladimir Putin took part. He laid down at the memorial cemetery Piskarev berth flowers. There, hundreds of thousands of people who had not survived the Blockade down. Putin's brother died in this time.

Military power demonstration to commemorate

"The parents tried not to talk about these difficult years," said the Kremlin chief. Him was only about the media and films, as well as in the school aware of what suffering the people have suffered through. For the deeds of the Nazis could, and there would be no forgiveness. "We don't have to do as well as our descendants everything to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated," said the President.

The Russian head of government Dmitry Medvedev recalled the victims of the siege by the German Wehrmacht. "Your heroic deeds will forever be in our hearts," he wrote on Twitter.

hundreds of spectators watched and bustle of the military parade in the snow and in temperatures of minus eleven degrees. It was important to "keep the memory alive," said Ivan Kolokoltsev. Natalia Gerashchenko watched the parade together with her twelve-year-old son. The end of the Leningrad Blockade was an important historical event, said the 35-Year-old.

The military power demonstration in St. Petersburg was pushed in the run-up to criticism. Almost 5,000 people called for in a Petition, a rejection of the "outrageous carnival". Instead, the victims should be commemorated with a minute of silence and concerts.

A third of the population died

On the 27. January 1944 terminated by Soviet troops in the Blockade. More than a Million people died during the 900 days of German siege – as a result of Hunger, cold and diseases, as well as by shelling. That was a third of the then population. On the orders of Adolf Hitler Leningrad should be starting in September 1941, the systematic Starvation of the inhabitants wiped out.

Germany promotes with twelve million euros for several projects in St. Petersburg. This gesture was a "Symbol that we are aware of our responsibility, but also a Signal that something must never happen again," said the German foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, in a joint statement with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

According to the Ministry of foreign Affairs is to be modernised with the money of the hospital for war veterans. In the clinic a lot of still living victims would be treated. In addition, the German government promotes the establishment of a German-Russian meeting centre in St. Petersburg. (fal/sda)

Created: 27.01.2019, 15:06 PM

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