World War II veterans Alexander Kuznetsov, left, Viktor Ivanov, center, and Vasily Maliev drink vodka, an old Russian tradition to remember the war dead, in the Brest fortress, on the border between Poland and Belarus, Thursday, June 22, 2000. Dozens of the fortress’s defenders from Belarus and Russia came to Brest to mark the 59th anniversary of the Nazi invasion that ravaged the country and left 27 million Soviet citizens dead. The Brest fortress’ Soviet defenders held out for 28 days after being overrun in the first hours of the war. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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