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Europe marks 65 years since end of World War II

05-09-2010 09:37 BJT

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Russia has launched a series of commemorations to mark the 65th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attended the unveiling of a new war memorial, the Monument to Hero Cities, in Alexander Garden near the Kremlin.

Also attending were visiting leaders from former Soviet republics, along with World War II veterans from Russia and other member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Dmitry Medvedev said, "It was the hardest, the bloodiest and the most difficult war, in which our nations were brought to the very brink of survival. And it is only due to your efforts, due to those people who laid down their lives at the battle fronts of the Great Patriotic War, that we all have a future, the possibility to enjoy this spring, to watch how our countries develop, to be friends, to have families and to think about the future. A huge thank you for everything you have done."

The leaders and veterans laid flowers at the memorial, which honors 13 cities in the former Soviet Union for their heroism and sacrifice while fighting the Nazis during World War II.


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