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‘An unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe’: The siege of Leningrad, 80 years on

The Nazis began their siege of Leningrad on September 8, 1941 – trying to starve the USSR’s second-largest city into submission just a few months after launching their invasion of the country in Operation Barbarossa. For 872 days, the inhabitants of this industrial centre (now known by its original name, Saint Petersburg), went through hell as hunger, cold and bombardments killed nearly a million people. FRANCE 24 looks back at the siege, 80 years on.

Source: France 24

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