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Britain’s Princess Anne attends WW2 memorial events in Russia  

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:46 GMT, Aug 31, 2016 |
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Britain’s Princess Anne, accompanied by a group of British veterans, on Tuesday (August 31) attended the events in Russian northern city of Arkhangelsk honouring those who sailed and protected the World War Two Arctic convoys.

 The convoys – the first of which was codenamed ‘Dervish’ – arrived to the Soviet port on August 31, 1941. It was carrying supplies to aid the Soviet Union in the fight against Nazi Germany.

Some 1,400 merchant vessels, accompanied by Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Navy ships, sailed to northern Soviet ports between August 1941 and May 1945. Dozens of the vessels were lost and more than 3,000 British servicemen and their allies died.

Over 500 guests including over 40 veterans arrived to Arkhangelsk to take part in commemoration events. The guest list also includes ambassadors and diplomats from UK, U.S., Canada, France, New Zealand, Island, Poland and Netherlands.