St. Petersburg marks 73rd anniversary of Leningrad’s liberation from Nazi troops

COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE - FOR LICENSING, PLEASE, CONTACT http://ruptly.tv

Residents of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) gathered in the city’s Field of Mars on Friday, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad. World War II cannons fired a volley to mark the city’s liberation and honor the victims of the blockade during the event. The Siege of Leningrad by German troops began on September 8, 1941 and continued for 872 days until January 27, 1944, when the city was completely liberated by Soviet forces. More than 630,000 civilians died from starvation and cold during the blockade.

READ MORE: 'Grandma's WWII stories still send shivers down my spine’