Russia marks end of WW2 siege

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Ceremonies have taken place in St Petersburg to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the deadly World War Two siege of Leningrad, as the Russian city was then known.

Honour guards carry the banners of the Soviet Fronts that fought for Leningrad during World War Two. Photo: 27 January 2019 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Honour guards began a military parade, carrying the banners of the Soviet Fronts that fought for the city against Nazi Germany
Russian tanks during a military parade in St Petersburg Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Modern tanks rolled through the heart of St Petersburg – Russia’s second-largest city and a former capital
A Soviet WW2-era T-34 tank during a military parade in St Petersburg. Photo: 27 January 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Famed WW2-era T-34 battle tanks also participated in the ceremonies
Soldiers dressed in Soviet WW2 uniforms march in St Petersburg. Photo: 27 January 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption As well as soldiers dressed in WW2 Soviet uniforms
Military jets fly over St Petersburg. Photo: 27 January 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption Military jets made an overfly over the northern city
A Russian honour guard marches during a military parade in St Petersburg. Photo: 27 January 2019 Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
Image caption The siege lasted 872 days – from 8 September 1941 to 27 January 1944
A woman takes part in a flowers laying ceremony in St Petersburg. Photo: 26 January 2019 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Earlier, Russians laid flowers to the victims of the siege. About 800,000 people died during the two-and-a-half-year blockade

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