Remembrance Day: Photos Capture the Start of the Great Patriotic War

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Without any declaration of war, 75 years ago at 4:00 a.m., Nazi Germany troops pounced on the Soviet Union. The most dreadful, tragic and merciless conflict in the history of humanity lasted until May 9, 1945, and claimed the lives of some 26.6 million Soviet people, with most of them having been massacred or starved to death. Sputnik chronicles the first days of the war.

© Sputnik / Go to the photo bankMoscow residents listen to the June 22 government radio announcement on the treacherous invasion of Nazi Germany.

"Our case is just. The enemy shall be defeated. Victory will be ours," Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov ended his speech to the Soviet people announcing the news of the war at 12:15 p.m.
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Moscow residents listen to the June 22 government radio announcement on the treacherous invasion of Nazi Germany.

"Our case is just. The enemy shall be defeated. Victory will be ours," Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov ended his speech to the Soviet people announcing the news of the war at 12:15 p.m.
© Sputnik / Peter BernsteinCombat in Belarus. 1941.
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Combat in Belarus. 1941.
© SputnikA girl with a kitten near a destroyed house.
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A girl with a kitten near a destroyed house.
© SputnikIn 1940, Hitler signed the main directive code-named Barbarossa. On June 22, 1941 the German aviation started bombing Soviet cities.
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In 1940, Hitler signed the main directive code-named Barbarossa. On June 22, 1941 the German aviation started bombing Soviet cities.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy GaraninRecruits leaving for the front during mobilization, Moscow, June 23, 1941.
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Recruits leaving for the front during mobilization, Moscow, June 23, 1941.
© Sputnik / Kazimir LishkoKiev, June 23, 1941. Grushki district.
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Kiev, June 23, 1941. Grushki district.
© SputnikSoviet fighters flying above the Peter and Paul fortress in Leningrad.
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Soviet fighters flying above the Peter and Paul fortress in Leningrad.
© SputnikWomen and children hide at the Mayakovskaya subway station during an air raid.
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Women and children hide at the Mayakovskaya subway station during an air raid.
© Sputnik / Alexander UstinovThe Oktyabrsky Military Enlistment Office registering volunteers for the army. 1941.
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The Oktyabrsky Military Enlistment Office registering volunteers for the army. 1941.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy GaraninReserve forces in training. The barracks of the Voroshilov Regiment. Moscow. August 1941.
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Reserve forces in training. The barracks of the Voroshilov Regiment. Moscow. August 1941.
© Sputnik / HaldeiSoviet lady pilots of the 46th Guards Air Force Regiment near a dugout after daytime rest during the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. From left: sitting - Heroes of the Soviet Union Irina Sebrova and Vera Belik. Standing - Hero of the Soviet Union Nadezhda Popova.
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Soviet lady pilots of the 46th Guards Air Force Regiment near a dugout after daytime rest during the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War. From left: sitting - Heroes of the Soviet Union Irina Sebrova and Vera Belik. Standing - Hero of the Soviet Union Nadezhda Popova.
© Sputnik / ZelmaSoviet collective farmers examining a destroyed Nazi plane.
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Soviet collective farmers examining a destroyed Nazi plane.
© Sputnik / ZelmaCivilians building barricades in Odessa.
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Civilians building barricades in Odessa.
© Sputnik / Anatoliy GaraninAir-Defense Force searchlights illuminating the Moscow sky. June 1941.
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Air-Defense Force searchlights illuminating the Moscow sky. June 1941.
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