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Russia: Thousands commemarate Stalingrad Battle00:44

Russia: Thousands commemarate Stalingrad Battle

Russian Federation, Volgograd
May 9, 2013 at 17:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Thousands commemorate Stalingrad Battle

Thousands came to the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex near Volgograd to commemorate those who died during the Second World War on Victory Day, Thursday. A ceremony was held where wreaths and flowers were laid at the Hall of Military Glory, a memorial dedicated to the Stalingrad Battle. The ceremony was attended by World War II veterans, the Federation Council and leaders of the Volgograd district.

Before Volgograd obtained its current name it was named after Joseph Stalin. Stalingrad witnessed one of the bloodiest battles in history and became a decisive turning point in World War II during the Battle of Stalingrad, which took place between 1942 and February 1943.

To commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad, the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex was built in 1967. On the site more than 35,000 civilians that died in the Battle are buried in a communal grave while an 85 metre high statue called "The Motherland Calls" towers above the complex.

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Russia: Thousands commemorate Stalingrad Battle

Thousands came to the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex near Volgograd to commemorate those who died during the Second World War on Victory Day, Thursday. A ceremony was held where wreaths and flowers were laid at the Hall of Military Glory, a memorial dedicated to the Stalingrad Battle. The ceremony was attended by World War II veterans, the Federation Council and leaders of the Volgograd district.

Before Volgograd obtained its current name it was named after Joseph Stalin. Stalingrad witnessed one of the bloodiest battles in history and became a decisive turning point in World War II during the Battle of Stalingrad, which took place between 1942 and February 1943.

To commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad, the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial Complex was built in 1967. On the site more than 35,000 civilians that died in the Battle are buried in a communal grave while an 85 metre high statue called "The Motherland Calls" towers above the complex.