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    RUSSIAN SAILORS TO HONOUR MEMORY OF THEIR COMPATRIOTS WHO PERISHED IN RUSSIAN-JAPANESE WAR HUNDRED YEARS AGO

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    VLADIVOSTOK, February 3. /RIA Novosti correspondent Anatoly Ilyukhov/ -- On Tuesday a detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet (TOF) left Vladivostok (the administrative centre of the Maritime Territory and a TOF base on the western coast of the Sea of Japan) for the Republic of Korea on an official friendly visit.

    The detachment includes the Varyag missile-carrying cruiser, the Admiral Tributs large anti-submarine ship, and the Koreyets small anti-submarine ship.

    As the TOF press service reported, the visit which is taking place under the flag of commander of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Fedorov is dedicated to the centenary of the heroic loss of the Russian ships Varyag and Koreyets in a naval action during the Russian-Japanese war of 1904-1905.

    During the visit the Russian Pacific sailors will visit South-Korean port Inchon (former Chemulpo), honouring the Russian heroes' memory.

    On February 9 (new style), 1904 the commanders of the Varyag cruiser and the Koreyets gunboat, having received information about the beginning of the Russian-Japanese war and rejected the Japanese proposal to surrender, made an attempt to break through from Chemulpo port to Port Arthur (the Chinese port of Lushun today), and entered unequal battle against the enemy's sizeable forces.

    In the naval action the two Russian warships fought one heavy and five light cruisers and eight destroyers of Japan.

    The Varyag crew under the command of Captain 1st Rank Vsevolod Rudnev put two enemy cruisers out of action and sank a Japanese destroyer.

    At the same time the Varyag cruiser was gravely damaged, and 122 of its sailors were killed or wounded.

    To prevent capture of the Russian ships Vsevolod Rudnev decided to return to the inner roads of Chemulpo port, and to sink the Varyag cruiser, the Koreyets gunboat, and the Sungari steam ship.

    The Russian sailors, who survived, later returned to the homeland through neutral ports.

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