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Serbian capital marks anniversary of WWII liberation
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21:30, October 20, 2008

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The Serbian capital of Belgrade on Monday marked the 64th anniversary of its liberation from German occupation during World War II

Serbian President Boris Tadic, accompanied by Belgrade Mayor Dragan Djilas and the Serbian Army's Chief of General Staff Lt. General Zdravko Ponos, laid a wreath at the Memorial to Belgrade's Liberators.

"Glory to the liberators of Belgrade and our obligation to cherish the memory of their sacrifice. For the freedom of Serbia -- Boris Tadic," the president wrote in the Memorial Book.

Belgrade Deputy Mayor Milan Krkobabic paid his respects to Red Army soldiers at the Soviet Veterans' Monument in Avala in suburban Belgrade, along with representatives of the Defense Ministry, the city of Belgrade, the Russian, Belarussian and Ukrainian embassies, and members of the World War II veterans' association.

On Oct. 20, 1944, Belgrade was liberated in a joint operation by the People's Liberation Army of the former Yugoslavia and units of the USSR's Red Army after several days of fierce fighting.

Source:Xinhua



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