- The ring of Nazi troops around Leningrad closed on September 8, 1941.According to the Fuhrer’s plan, after the capture of Leningrad, this city «must cease to exist«The blockade has lasted a terrible 872 days — until January 27, 1944.About 1 million people died, including more than 600 thousand because of hunger.
- Donbass operation began on August 13, 1943 with the offensive of the South-Western Front troops of the Soviet army. They crossed the Seversky Donets and advanced along the right bank of the river. On August 16, the troops of the Southern Front broke through the German defenses, and already on August 18, the battle for Saur-Mogila began.
On September 1, German troops began to retreat along the entire front in the Donbass. On September 8, the Red Army liberated the regional center — Stalino. By the evening of September 14, 1943, the entire territory of the Donetsk region was liberated from the Nazi invaders.