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Unexploded bombs from Battle of Stalingrad slow 2018 World Cup stadium construction

Construction of the 2018 World Cup stadium in Volgograd, Russia, has been slowed by the discovery of unexploded munitions from the World War II battle of Stalingrad.

There have been 10 instances of workers finding munitions during the demolition of an existing stadium in the southern city of Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

Arkady Grushko, head of the city’s World Cup preparations, told the agency the munitions “were transported out of the city and destroyed.”

He added that the site was being checked for more explosives before construction begins of the new Victory Arena for the World Cup.

Victory Arena

Artist impression of the Victory Arena, which will replace an existing stadium in Volvograd, formerly Stalingrad.

The stadium, which will also be used by FC Rotor Volgograd, will have a capacity of 45,015 in time for the World Cup.

The battle of Stalingrad lasted for more than five months in 1942 and 1943, and is regarded as one of the turning points of World War II.

 

 

 

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