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Vladimir Putin and Donald Tusk attend Katyn memorial

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Russia's Vladimir Putin and Polish counterpart Donald Tusk have marked the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre in a historic ceremony.

In 1943 the Nazis discovered a mass grave in Russia's Katyn forest, where some 20,000 Polish officers were shot by Soviet secret police.

This is the first time Russians have marked the anniversary - for 50 years, the Soviet Union blamed the murders on the Nazis.

It is hoped the ceremony will help thaw relations between Russia and Poland.

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