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Mongolia marks 70th anniversary of Nomonhan war
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21:23, August 21, 2009

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Mongolia will organize a series of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the Nomonhan war, the government said Friday.

The 1939 war witnessed the defeat of Japanese troops by the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of Mongolia. More than 200,000 troops participated in the 135-day conflict, which resulted in more than 60,000 casualties. Japan abandoned plans to invade the Soviet Union after being defeated in the war.

Nomonhan is a small village near the border between Mongolia and Inner Mongolia in north China.

An organizing committee, headed by Defense Minister Luvsanvandan Bold, was established earlier this year, the Mongolian government's press office said.

The committee was in charge of compiling books and documentaries on the war and earmarking funds for the housing of veterans, it said.

Mongolia will also hold an international seminar on the war, the press office said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will begin a visit to Mongolia on Tuesday and attend some celebration activities. A Russian military delegation also will visit the country soon. The two countries are expected to stage a joint military drill, dubbed "Darkhan-2."

The celebration will culminate on Aug. 26, when leaders from both countries lay wreaths on a monument of Marshal Georgy Zhukov, the famed Russian general who won a key battle in the war, in Ulan Bator.


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