The Battle of Stalingrad became, after the German surrender on February 2, 1943, a harbinger of victory for the Soviet Army over Nazi troops.
Russian President Vladimir Putin laid a wreath on Thursday at a monument at the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex in the Russian city of Volgograd on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Stalingrad.
In addition, Putin laid an offering in the Hall of Military Glory of the Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad.
The Battle of Stalingrad, which took place from July 17, 1942 to February 2, 1943 in present-day Voronezh, Rostov and Volgograd provinces and the Russian republic of Kalmykia, it was a turning point in the Great Patriotic War and World War II. The event became, after the German surrender on February 2, 1943, in a harbinger of victory for the Soviet Army about the Nazi troops.
During this battle, the Red Army eliminated approximately a quarter of all the forces of Hitler’s coalition who operated on the Soviet-German front. The total losses of the Nazi ranks were more than 1.5 million between dead, wounded, prisoners of war and missing in action.
During the battle, the city was badly affected and much of it was left in ruins because the fighting in the streets took place practically 24 hours a day.