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Putin and Lukashenko opened the memorial to Soviet soldiers near Rzhev

The presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko opened the memorial to Soviet soldiers near Rzhev and laid flowers to the monument.

At the meeting of heads of state embraced.

They shook hands to present veterans and briefly spoke with them.

Putin and Lukashenko laid to the monument garlands of flowers. In their hands they carried bouquets of red roses. Following the monument, the presidents talking to each other.

Memorial to Soviet soldiers was created on public donations, on the initiative of veterans of the great Patriotic war. It is located near the village of Khoroshevo Rzhevsky district of Tver region, near the Federal highway M-9 Moscow - Riga. The project was implemented Russian military-historical society with the support of the Union state, the Ministry of culture of Russia and the government of the Tver region.

Rzhevskiy the soldier is a bronze sculpture with a height of 25 meters and weighing about 80 tons. The monument was built based on photographs of the actual participants in the Rzhev battle.