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Putin pays respect to fallen during WWII with Nazi Germany

June 22, 2014, 14:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW
President laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame of the Unknown Soldier Tomb next to the Kremlin walls
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MOSCOW, June 22, 13:33 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has paid respect to the Soviet military and civilians killed in the Great Patriotic War - the war the Soviet Union fought against Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1945. He laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame of the Unknown Soldier Tomb in Moscow’s Alexandrovsky Garden next to the Kremlin walls on Saturday.

Along with the president, high-ranking officials, army veterans and public figures took part in the solemn ceremony ending with a parade of the Moscow garrison representing three branches of the Armed Forces - the ground troops, the air forces and the navy.

On Saturday, June 22, the Russians commemorate those who lost their lives during the war with Nazi Germany which invaded the Soviet Union in the early hours on this date in 1941.

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