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Russia marks 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad

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People walk past the monument to Motherland Saturday during ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad.

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Associated Press President Vladimir Putin, second right, lays a wreath at the Eternal Flame as he takes part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

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At least 1.2 million people are estimated to have died before the fighting ended on Feb. 2, 1943. The Red Army's defeat of the Nazis after house-to-house battling was a decisive turn in World War II.
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    • People walk past the monument to Motherland Saturday during ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad.
    • Associated Press  President Vladimir Putin, second right, lays a wreath at the Eternal Flame as he takes part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.
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