Friday, May 26, 2017

Yekaterinburg celebrates 70th anniversary of Battle of Stalingrad victory

A celebration was held to honor the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad on Sunday.

Deputy Head of the Administration of Yekaterinburg - Strategic Planning, Economic Affairs and Finance Alexander Vysokinsky welcomed attendees to the event, Ekburg.ru reports.

Vysokinsky joined veterans in celebrating "the battle that changed the course of the Great Patriotic War," Ekburg.ru reports.

The battle was not just a local military conflict, Vysokinsky said. He praised the efforts of all involved, including those who stood at the bench in the Urals, those who faced the enemy in battle, those who worked in hospitals and others.

Vysokinsky also thanked all of those who helped rebuild following the battle. He also spoke about the future of Russia's role in the world, saying that many facts of Russian history have been distorted.

Vysokinsky called for more patriotic education so that the older generation can pass their knowledge and skills to young people to ensure that future generations can learn from the experiences of the departed.

The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the greatest battles of World War II and a turning point in the war. The battle is divided into two periods - defensive and offensive. The defensive period began on July 17, 1942, and ended November 18 of the same year. The offensive period began on the next day, lasting until February 2, 1943. At times, two million people were engaged in battle during the various stages.

The battle took the lives of an estimated two million people from both sides. For Russia, the victory marked the beginning of the mass expulsion of invader from the Soviet land. This was followed by the liberation of the occupied territories in Europe and the final victory over the Third Reich in 1945, Ekburg.ru reports.