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Ammunition dating back to World War II found at St Pete airport

April 13, 2012, 12:42 UTC+3
Remainders of various ammunition depots and caches are found there practically every year
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ST. PETERSBURG, April 13 (Itar-Tass) — Ammunition dating back to the times of World War II have been found during earth-moving works at the site of a second runway of St Petersburg’s Pulkovo airport, now under construction.

According to the information provided by the St Petersburg branch of the federal Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense /EMERCOM/, the construction workers have unearthed five artillery shells, three mortar shells and two immobile mines.

The dangerous finds have been evacuated from the runway area by units of the Western Military District for further safe destruction.

From September 1941 through to January 1944, the area occupied by Pulkovo airport these days saw intense fighting, as Nazi troops tries to break through the Soviet defense lines towards the city, then called Leningrad.

Remainders of various ammunition depots and caches, either Soviet or German, are found there practically every year even now.


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