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Minsk to mark 70th anniversary of Leningrad Blockade lifting on 30 January
01.23.2014 09:35

Minsk to mark 70th anniversary of Leningrad Blockade lifting on 30 January

A commemoration event will be held at the Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth on 30 January to mark the 70th anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of Leningrad, BelTA learnt from the Minsk State Palace of Children and Youth.
The event is meant to raise awareness of the feat of the defenders and residents of Leningrad, to promote patriotism in children and youth. Taking part in the event will be representatives of the Russian Embassy in Belarus, the Minsk City Hall, the Belarusian Union of Victims of the Siege of Leningrad, the Belarusian Pioneer Organization, and the Minsk Suvorov Military School.
The attendees will watch the premiere of the documentary “Chronicle of Besieged Childhood” and a concert.
The siege started on 8 September 1941 and was lifted on 27 January 1944. By the start of the siege, there had been no sufficient food and fuel reserves in the city; the only communication route lay through Lake Ladoga that was within the striking distance of the German artillery. The starvation aggravated by the freezing first blockade winter, problems with fuel and transport led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
The encirclement was broken in the wake of Operation Iskra on 12-30 January 1943. For heroism and courage shown by the defenders of the city, Leningrad was named the Hero-City

News source: BELTA
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