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14 February 2020, 11:36

Belarus attends ceremony to mark Budapest's liberation anniversary

MINSK, 14 February (BelTA) – Representatives of the Belarusian Embassy in Hungary attended the ceremony timed to the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Budapest that took place at Kerepesi Cemetery which has the largest number of Soviet soldiers' graves in Hungary, BelTA learned from the embassy.

The liberation of the Hungarian capital was the final stage of the large-scale Budapest Offensive that lasted for 108 days. The offensive cost the lives of around 80,000 Soviet soldiers, with over 240,000 more wounded.

Belarusian Ambassador to Hungary Aleksandr Ponomarev laid a wreath at the cemetery and honored the memory of the Soviet soldiers who died in the Battle of Budapest. Taking part in the event were also representatives of the Russian embassy, public anti-fascist and veterans' associations, and the Ministry of Defense of Hungary.

“Earlier the soil from Kerepesi Cemetery was handed over to the All Saints Church in Minsk as a symbol of memory of the sacrifices that were made to save our Motherland,” the embassy noted.

On 13 February, representatives of the embassy also laid a wreath at the memorial on the bank of the Danube River in Budapest during the ceremony organized by Hungarian anti-fascist organizations.

Photos courtesy of the Belarusian Embassy in Hungary

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