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Seventy Years After The Siege Of Leningrad

Russia is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on January 27, 1944. The siege by German and Finnish forces during World War II lasted for 872 days -- one of the longest and deadliest in history. Estimates of casualties vary, but some sources state that 1 million residents of Leningrad -- present-day St. Petersburg -- died from hunger, disease, exposure, and shelling. (10 PHOTOS)

Leningrad's Pulkovo Observatory is seen in ruins in January 1944, near the end of the siege that lasted for two years and five months.
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Leningrad's Pulkovo Observatory is seen in ruins in January 1944, near the end of the siege that lasted for two years and five months.

A truck travels over frozen Lake Ladoga on a route known as "the Road of Life." During the winter months of the siege, the frozen lake allowed food, ammunition, and fuel to move into the city, and allowed children, the elderly, and the wounded to be evacuated.
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A truck travels over frozen Lake Ladoga on a route known as "the Road of Life." During the winter months of the siege, the frozen lake allowed food, ammunition, and fuel to move into the city, and allowed children, the elderly, and the wounded to be evacuated.

Soviet machine-gunners fire at enemy troops by a palace in Pavlovsk, near Leningrad. In January 1944, Soviet troops pushed the German army away from the city limits, allowing the siege to end.
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Soviet machine-gunners fire at enemy troops by a palace in Pavlovsk, near Leningrad. In January 1944, Soviet troops pushed the German army away from the city limits, allowing the siege to end.

Infantrymen push forward in January 1944.
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Infantrymen push forward in January 1944.

Shipments arrive along the frozen "Road of Life."
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Shipments arrive along the frozen "Road of Life."

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A resident of Leningrad waits in the final days before the siege is lifted.
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A resident of Leningrad waits in the final days before the siege is lifted.

Part of the Hermitage Museum lies in ruins.
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Part of the Hermitage Museum lies in ruins.

Only a shell of the Peterhof Palace is left standing by the end of the siege.
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Only a shell of the Peterhof Palace is left standing by the end of the siege.

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