12 July 2013, 17:44

Putin joins WWII veterans in ceremony commemorating crucial tank battle

Putin joins WWII veterans in ceremony commemorating crucial tank battle

President Vladimir Putin participated in memorial events on Friday commemorating the Battle of Prokhorovka, fought by Soviet tank regiments near the town of Prokhorovka in the Belgorod region 70 years ago.

Putin and World War II veterans laid flowers at the Zvonnitsa memorial bell tower at the Prokhorovskoye Polye military-historical museum.

The Russian president also visited the St. Peter and Paul Church, where he lit a candle for the soldiers killed during the battle and venerated an icon.

The church's archpriest told Putin that the church was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle.

The tank battle was fought in 1943 at a crucial moment in World War II.

Russian tank regiments inflicting irreparable casualties on the German tank forces.

Putin to attend Battle of Prokhorovka 70th anniversary ceremonies

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the Belgorod region to attend ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Prokhorovka during World War II, the Kremlin press service reported. 

The Battle of Prokhorovka took place on July 12, 1943 as part of the Battle of Kursk and is reckoned to be one of the major military events using armored vehicles.

During the Battle of Prokhorovka, Nazi forces were stopped from breaking through the Soviet Army's defense lines and capturing Prokhorovka.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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