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Remembrance candles lit in Beijing

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Diplomats from Russia and Belarus honored the memory of the war victims in Beijing by lighting 80 candles.

Diplomats of Russia and Belarus on Monday, on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War, honored the memory of the victims of this unprecedented large-scale armed conflict, which ended with the victory of the Soviet Union, with a minute of silence. The ceremony of lighting 80 candles on this occasion took place in front of the main building of the Russian Embassy in the Chinese capital.

“Every year on June 22, on the day the war began, in Russia, in Belarus, in other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, people bring flowers to  memorials, light candles of memory. Our peoples keep the memory of the feat of [Soviet] soldiers and officers,” said Russian Ambassador to Beijing Andrey Denisov.

The diplomat recalled that in the years of World War II, Russia and China made a huge contribution to the victory of humanity over fascism. He noted that nowadays Moscow and Beijing are building up cooperation in a number of areas, in particular, they are actively cooperating in military and civilian aircraft engineering, manned cosmonautics, and the peaceful exploration of deep space. "Dear friends, the memory of the Great Patriotic War and Japanese Resistance War will live on in the minds and hearts of new generations,   underlined, addressing those present.

Before the ceremony, the military-historical film Devyatayev (2021) by Russian directors Timur Bekmambetov and Sergey Trofimov was screened. Welcoming video messages were made by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova, her Belarusian colleague Anatoly Markevich, and Timur Bekmambetov.

“The day the Great Patriotic War began is one of the most tragic dates in the history of our country. The events of that terrible and bloody war go back into the depths of history, but the memory of the heroic feat of our dear veterans and fallen warriors, everyone who defended peace and freedom at the cost of their lives, we carefully preserve in art,  Lyubimova noted. — The screening of the film "Devyatayev" is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the achievements of the Russian film industry and enrichment of cultures».

Memory of the terrible war

The film "Devyatayev" is dedicated to the real events of the war years. It tells about the brave escape of a captive Soviet fighter pilot and his comrades from a concentration camp of Nazi Germany. As the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said earlier, the Kremlin drew attention to this patriotic film.

The Great Patriotic War began at dawn on June 22, 1941 and ended in 1945. According to a group of Russian researchers led by military historian Grigory Krivosheev, during this time the losses of the USSR amounted to about 27 million people.

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