Saint Petersburg: An unexploded artillery
shell dating from World War II was discovered under a runway
at Pulkovo airport in Saint Petersburg and safely removed, an
airport spokeswoman said today.
The shell was found yesterday as work was being
carried out on the runway and bomb disposal experts were
called to Pulkovo, the city`s main airport, to dispose of it,
spokeswoman Olga Antipova told.
The northern city, known at the time as Leningrad, was
besieged for nearly 900 days by Nazi troops between September
1941 and January 1944, causing the deaths of hundreds of
thousands of residents.
Heavy fighting between Nazi forces and Soviet troops
took place then at Pulkovskiye Vysoti, on the outskirts of
Leningrad where the Pulkovo airport is located today.