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30 June 2020, 11:56

Lukashenko off to Russia for war monument dedication ceremony


MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has gone on a working visit to the Russian Federation, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state together with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a ceremony to unveil the Monument to the Soviet Soldier in Rzhev.

The memorial complex has been built near the village of Khoroshevo, Rzhev District, Tver Oblast near the M9 Moscow-Riga federal highway. It was created on people's donations, at the initiative of veterans of the Great Patriotic War. The project has been implemented by the Russian Military Historical Society with the support of the Union State, of Belarus and Russia the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Government of Russia's Tver Oblast. The memorial commemorates the Soviet soldiers who died in the battles near Rzhev in 1942-1943.

The centerpiece of the memorial complex is a 25-meter sculpture of a soldier on a 10-meter mound.

The complex includes a museum-historical pavilion. The museum is fitted with multimedia equipment to help visitors get better acquainted with photos, letters from the frontline, stories, memories of the participants of the Battle of Rzhev.

As BelTA reported earlier, Aleksandr Lukashenko announced the plans to attend the memorial dedication ceremony in Soligorsk on 26 June. Earlier, Vladimir Putin invited him to attend the event. “We are discussing the details of the trip. We are looking for an opportunity to pay a visit and discuss [with the Russian president] some matters of our cooperation in the future,” the head of state noted.

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