A dedication ceremony for a memorial at Jerusalem's Sachar Park in honor of the casualties the Siege of Leningrad took place Thursday.

The ceremony saw the attendance of Russian President Putin, PM Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon, the Russian foreign minister, mayor of St. Petersburg, and 70 veterans and heroes of the Siege of Leningrad who live in Israel.

Mayor Moshe Leon said at the ceremony, "The war created a strong connection between our peoples. The Nazi tormentor sought to erase Leningrad, and the Red Army and the defenders of the city and the heroes redeemed it. The Nazi tormentor sought to destroy the Jewish People. The Red Army liberated Auschwitz and thus contributed greatly to saving the surviving Jews of Europe."

"We are here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, together with the Russian president and the fighters and heroes, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Spasiba."