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In St. Petersburg, on Victory Square, Deputy Commander of the Western Military District (ZVO), Lieutenant General Vladimir Kochetkov, laid flowers at the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad monument. The ceremony was dedicated to the 79th anniversary of the breaking of the siege of Leningrad.

The servicemen of the guard of honor company and the military band of the Western Military District, as well as the members of the Youth Army, paid military honors and honored the dead with a minute of silence as a sign of memory and grief.

“January 18 is a special date in the history of St. Petersburg. We are proud of the unparalleled feat of the people of Leningrad and the defenders of the city, and we keep the memory of those who gave their lives for the sake of the happiness of future generations,” Lieutenant General Vladimir Kochetkov said during the ceremony.


79 years ago, Operation Iskra ended, during which Soviet troops broke through the blockade of Leningrad. As a result of the offensive of the troops of the Leningrad and Volkhov fronts, the city of Shlisselburg and the southern coast of Lake Ladoga were liberated.

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