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The mayor of Hiroshima quoted Tolstoy at the memorial ceremony for the victims of the bombing

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During the funeral ceremony in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Mayor Kazumi Matsui quoted the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy during his speech. It was broadcast live on August 6 by NHK.

“It is necessary that all buttons for launching nuclear missiles become redundant. In this regard, we should once again reflect on the words of the writer Leo Tolstoy: “You cannot build happiness on someone else’s misfortune, but it is in the happiness of others that your happiness is hidden.” the mayor said.

The Peace Remembrance Ceremony, held in the city’s Peace Park at 8.00 am (2.00 Moscow time), was attended by representatives of the survivors of the atomic bombing, as well as the families of the victims. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and representatives from 99 countries attended.

The ceremony featured a list of 333,907 names of victims of the atomic bombing, of which 4,978 were those who died or were presumed dead in the past year.

Speakers during the ceremony spoke with the conviction of maintaining peace through the deterrence of nuclear weapons.

Earlier, on May 25, it became known that the administration of Hiroshima did not invite representatives of Russia to the ceremony in memory of the victims of the atomic bombing. As the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Japan, Mikhail Galuzin, emphasized, the organizers of the event did not invite the Russian side to the event because of a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass.

Meanwhile, he noted that it was on Moscow’s initiative that the Russian-American treaty on measures to further reduce and limit strategic offensive arms was extended.

Dmitry Gusev, the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Control Committee, thus Japan wanted to insult Russia. He noted that the atomic bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki were carried out by the US Armed Forces at the very end of World War II, when there was no longer a special need for them. They were essentially a demonstration to the whole world, and especially the USSR, that the United States has a “nuclear baton,” the politician pointed out.

On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped a four-tonne uranium bomb called “Baby” on the city center. The radius of complete destruction was 1.6 km, the radius of the blast wave was about 20 km.

As a result of the explosion of the atomic bomb in one day, according to various estimates, from 70 thousand to 100 thousand people died. By the end of 1945, the number of victims had risen to 140,000: people were dying from their wounds and exposure. The city was wiped off the face of the earth.

On September 2, 1945, Japan signed the Unconditional Surrender Act in World War II aboard the American battleship Missouri, which entered Tokyo Bay.

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