Last Soviet Union Marshal Dmitry Yazov dies at 96

Last Soviet Union Marshal Dmitry Yazov dies at 96
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  • calendar-gray 25 February 2020

Former Minister of Defense and the last Marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov died, aged 96, the Russian Ministry of Defense said, APA reports.

"On February 25, 2020, following a long and difficult illness, Marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Timofeyevich Yazov passed away," the Ministry stated.

Yazov was born on November 8, 1924, in the village of Yazovo of the Omsk Region. In 1942, he graduated from Moscow Infantry School of Military Training, and in 1956, he left the Frunze Military Academy. In 1967, he finished the Military Academy of the General Staff.

After graduating from the military school, Yazov fought in the Great Patriotic War, where he was injured twice. Between 1942 and 1945, he led an infantry squad, and later a company at Volkhov and Leningrad fronts. He took part in the defense of Leningrad, and Soviet offensive in the Baltic and the Army Group Courland blockade.

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