Ulan Bator Celebrating Victory Day

Celebrations on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 are going on in Ulan-Bator, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports. "The memory of the Soviet soldiers is eternal as the Sun in the skies, is sacred as fire on the earth," reads the inscription on the monument to the Soviet soldiers on the Zaisan Mount in the Mongolian capital where on May 9 Mongolian servicemen stood guard of honor at the Eternal Flame and the national anthems of the two countries were played. A ceremony of laying wreaths on behalf of the Mongolian government, the Defense Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Mongolia took place. Taking part in the ceremony were the Mongolian Defence Minister, Chief of the General Staff, the Russian Ambassador to Mongolia, members of the Mongolian Cabinet of Ministers, prominent generals, members of the Russian Embassy and Russian and Mongolian war veterans. In the Mongolian capital, on the occasion of Victory Day flowers were laid at the monument to Russian Marshal Georgy Zhukov (1896-1974), who accepted the capitulation of fascist Germany on May 8, 1945, and at the obelisk in the Russian cemetery where Soviet soldiers are buried. Georgy Zhukov took part in defeating the Japanese invaders in Khalkhin Gol in Mongolia in 1939. In the evening a reception will be given in the Russian Embassy in honor of the great victory.

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