WWII: Ukraine commemorates Liberation from the Nazis
Society18:16 Oct. 28, 2016

Ukraine commemorates Liberation from the Nazis

President Poroshenko lays wreath, honours the victims of the war

On October 28th, Ukraine commemorates Liberation from the Nazis. 72 years ago, after 40 months of struggle, Hitler's occupants were thrown out of Ukrainian lands. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko together with other officials and veterans of the second World War laid wreaths and flowers to the Glory monument in Kyiv. The Ukrainians, killed during the war, were honoured with a moment of silence. 

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Liberation of Ukraine started in January 1943. Soviet troops, approximately one third of which were Ukrainians, liberated city by city. Finally, the last city in the Carpathian Mountains, Uzhhorod, was freed on October 27, 1944. The next day the Soviet troops crossed the modern border of Ukraine.

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According to modern data, total demographic losses in WWII amounted to some 14.5 million people. Almost 700 towns and 28,000 villages have been destroyed. Material losses amounted to RUB 285 billion in prices of 1941. One out of five Ukrainians died in World War II, which is more than 10 million people.

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