China News Agency, Moscow, February 2 (Reporter Tian Bing) The 80th anniversary celebration of the victory of the Stalingrad Defense War was held in Volgograd on the 2nd.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the event and delivered a speech.
On the same day, Putin visited the Memorial Hall of the Battle of Stalingrad on the Mamayev Heights in Volgograd, laid a wreath to the ever-burning torch in the Hall of Honor for Soldiers, and paid a silent tribute to the fallen soldiers.
Putin later delivered a speech at a concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Stalingrad Defense War, pointing out that the Stalingrad Defense War not only laid the foundation for the victory of the Great Patriotic War, but also laid a solid foundation for the victory of the entire World War II.
As a turning point in the Great Patriotic War, the Battle of Stalingrad will forever be recorded in the annals of history. This city has forever become a symbol of the indestructibility of the Russian people and vitality.
Russia now faces the threat of the West again, and Russia is confident of its victory.
During a meeting with representatives of social patriotic and youth organizations, he said that a nation without the memory of the past will have no future.
There can never be a future without an understanding of the past, all of which are fundamental to our cherished development and forward movement.
People can't just live in the past, they should live in the present and look forward, but if you don't understand the past, don't know which land to live in, and don't know who to thank for living, then there will be no future.
Beginning in the morning of the same day, a military parade was held at the Martyrs Square in the center of Volgograd. More than 1,600 officers and soldiers from the Southern Russian Military Region, students from military academies, and more than 30 pieces of military equipment participated.
In addition, a series of commemorative and commemorative activities, light shows and fireworks displays were held.
Volgograd was originally called Tsaritsyn, but was renamed Stalingrad from 1925 to 1961.
From July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany fought fiercely in Stalingrad, known as the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Battle of Stalingrad became one of the largest battles of World War II in terms of size, duration, and number of participants, and is considered a turning point in the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War.