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Honoring the Liberation of Minsk, Belarus: 80 Years of Operation Bagration

Code-named "Operation Bagration," the Belarusian offensive was a crucial part of the 1944 Belarusian strategic campaign. Its principal goals were the destruction of the German Army Group "Center" and the release of Belarus from Nazi rule.
On July 3rd, Belarus celebrates its Independence Day. This significant date marks the liberation of Minsk from Nazi occupation in 1944 thanks to Operation Bagration's Minsk Offensive, which lasted from June 28 to July 4, ending almost three years of brutal Nazi rule. During this time, more than 200 cities and towns, along with 9,000 villages, were destroyed. The Nazis slaughtered 1.5 million Belarusians and forced 400,000 people into deportation to Germany.
The liberation of Belarus gave Soviet troops a strategic advantage, providing them with a direct route to Poland and Germany, making Hitler's Army Groups "North" and "Northern Ukraine" utterly vulnerable.
The objective of the Minsk offensive was to encircle the Nazi forces and liberate Minsk. This military operation was executed by the troops of the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Belorussian Fronts, supported by the 1st Baltic Front.
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