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Immortal Regiment march held in Warsaw for first time

May 09, 16:09 UTC+3 WARSAW
Polish residents and Russian compatriots carrying the photographs of their relatives who had participated in the war against fascism gathered at a military memorial in Zwirka i Wigure Street
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WARSAW, May 9. /TASS/. An Immortal Regiment march was held in the Polish capital for the first time as part of VE Day celebrations.

Polish residents and Russian compatriots wearing St. George ribbons attached to their chests as a symbol of heroic feats accomplished by Soviet soldiers during the fight against Nazi Germany in World War II and carrying the photographs of their relatives who had participated in the war against fascism gathered at a military memorial in Zwirka i Wigure Street.

The memorial is the burial site for over 22,000 Soviet soldiers who died while liberating Poland from Nazi occupants.

The Immortal Regiment public event was first held in the Siberian city of Tomsk in 2012. In 2013, it was already held in 120 cities, and in 2014, in 500 cities and towns in seven countries. The action officially became all-Russian since 2015.

According to official data, about 27 million Soviet citizens, including both civilians and servicemen, died in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941-1945.

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