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The Big News of the day is that Shoigu took the brakes off and told his commanders in the field that there is a need for speed and bigger and intensified action in the Ukraine.  The timing is epic!  On July 17, 1942, the Battle of Stalingrad began, one of the largest engagements in history and the most important stage of the Great Patriotic War. More than 3 mln soldiers and officers clashed in mortal combat, the battle was the turning point in World War II, where the strategic initiative passed to the Red Army.

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