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Despite spat with Russia, Poles honour Soviet troops

The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from honouring Soviet troops.

Flowers are placed on the tomb of Spanish Army Blue Division members who died during WWII, next a Spanish pre-constitutional flag during All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives, Madrid, Spain.
Flowers are placed on the tomb of Spanish Army Blue Division members who died during WWII, next a Spanish pre-constitutional flag during All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday to reflect on the saints and deceased relatives, Madrid, Spain.

The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from placing hundreds of candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed in January 1945 while driving Nazi German troops from the city.

November 1 is All Saints’ day in Poland and people visit family graves and unattended graves with flowers, candles and prayers.

Even though the Red Army troops brought decades of communism, city authorities care for their cemetery and Warsaw residents light candles for them.

Hundreds of red and white lights were burning there on Saturday, showing that the current tensions with Moscow haven’t affected Warsaw residents’ compassion for the soldiers.

A father brought many candles saying he was teaching his two small children history.