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Russia and Japan will commemorate on Friday 100 years of the Tsushima battle
Russia and Japan will commemorate on Friday 100 years of the Tsushima battle, which played the decisive role in the Russian defeat in the war of 1904-1905. In Russia all warships will hoist St. Andrew’s flag to commemorate the navymen killed in the battle on May 27-28, 1905 in the Korea Strait. The crews will line up to honor the dead, the press service of the Russian Navy said. In St. Petersburg cadets of the Nakhimov Navy school will lay wreaths to the monument to the Stereguscshy destroyer. In Kronstadt a mourning ceremony will be held in central Anchor Square. Besides, prayers will be held on the Northern, Pacific, Baltic, Black Sea fleets and the Caspian flotilla. In Moscow a prayer will be devoted to all those killed in sea battles. In Vladivostok tribute will be paid to the navymen killed in the 1904-1905 Russian-Japanese war at the local Marine cemetery. Japan will also mark the date. Japanese warships will sail to the Korea Strait to commemorate the dead with a gun salute and wreaths. The heads of the Nagasaki prefecture and Tsushima city, as well as representatives of the Russian embassy in Japan will participate in the ceremony. A memorial complex will be opened on the Tono Cape where navymen from the destroyed Vladimir Monomakh cruiser landed. The place will be named the Hill of Japanese-Russian friendship. Another event will be held in the port of Yokosuka near Tokyo at the Japanese flagship Mikasa that was badly damaged in the Tsushima battle, in which 30 Russian warships fought against 121 Japanese warships. The Russian fleet was defeated in the battle despite unprecedented heroism if its navymen. Russia lost over 20 warships and over 5,000 men. Five warships surrendered and 6,000 men were taken prisoner. Only three warships succeeded to escape to Vladivostok. Japan lost three warships and over a hundred men. Japanese organizers of the events say it is not important who won the battle and who lost it. They stress it is important that both countries never wage a war and work to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship
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