Russia remembers its WWII heroes | Daily News

Russia remembers its WWII heroes

To commemorate the loss and suffering during the dark days of the Great Patriotic War, which saw the defeat of the Nazis, Russia has proclaimed June 22 as the Day of Memory and Sorrow.

The Great Patriotic War (June 22, 1941 – May 9, 1945) was unprecedented in its scale battle of the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany, which ended with a complete defeat of the Nazis, a statement from the Russian Embassy said.

It was an integral part of the Second World War that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Soviet people who faced the most powerful assaults by Germany made a heroic and decisive contribution to the defeat of Nazism.

The Great Victory came at a tremendous cost. According to official figures the war took lives of 26.6 million Soviet people.

“This day reminds us of all those who gave their lives to fulfil the duty of defending the Motherland, who were killed in battles and who were captured and died of hunger and deprivation. It is the duty of the international community to never forget that the victory was achieved at the cost of irreparable sacrifices,” the statement said.


 

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