* Some 2,500 Russian soldiers paraded with WWII tanks and modern military hardware in St Petersburg today
* The city – then known as Leningrad – was besieged by Nazi invaders from 1941 until its liberation in early 1944
* Around a million people including Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brother died during the horrific siege
World War II guns fired a salute in Russia tonight as the country marked 75 years since the siege of Leningrad in which a million people died.
Some 2,500 Russian soldiers paraded with tanks and modern military hardware in the streets of St Petersburg – once known as Leningrad – in a show of Moscow’s military might today.
Modern heavy weaponry trundled past the city’s Hermitage Museum alongside the T-34 battle tank credited with defeating Hitler’s invaders as crowds watched the parade in falling snow and 12F (-11C) temperatures.
Vladimir Putin – whose brother died in the siege – hailed St Petersburg as an ‘impregnable city’ and called the Nazi siege a ‘crime against humanity’ as he visited a memorial nearby.
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Russia and Putin mark 75 years since WWII siege of Leningrad — AP
Military Parade Marks 75th Anniversary Of End Of Siege Of Leningrad — RFE
Russia marks 75 years since World War II siege of Leningrad — Reuters
Putin praises ‘unbroken’ Leningrad on anniversary of wartime siege — AFP
Tragedy & Triumph: Russia Marks 75th Anniversary of Lifting of Leningrad Siege — Sputnik
Troops parade in St. Petersburg to mark 75yrs since end of Leningrad Siege in WWII (PHOTO, VIDEO) — RT