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Contribution of Soviet Union in Nazi defeat honoured in VE day ceremony

AMBASSADORS marked the contribution of the Soviet Union in the defeat of the Nazis at a VE Day commemoration in south London on Saturday. 

Representatives of seven countries of the former USSR — Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — laid wreaths and paid their respects at the event. 

Twenty-seven million Soviet people were killed during WWII and thousands of cities, towns and villages were destroyed. 

Speaking at the ceremony, Russian ambassador Andrei Kelin said: “It is vital that we recognise the incredible sacrifice made by the peoples of the former Soviet Union. 

“Few people fought more bravely, or suffered more grievously, for the price of victory.” 

The ambassador also paid tribute to the allied forces. 

“We will always remember and be forever grateful to the veterans of World War II who brought us peace,” he said. 

The ceremony, organised by the Soviet War Memorial Trust, was held at the Soviet War Memorial by the Imperial War Museum in Southwark.

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