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Turkey remembers fallen WWI soldiers with massive march

The event marks 104th anniversary of Battle of Sarikamish, which saw 30,000 to 90,000 Turkish soldiers freeze to death

Thousands of people gathered together on Sunday to march in eastern Turkey to commemorate the martyrs of the World War I Battle of Sarikamis.

The march will started from Kizilcubuk, in the province of Kars, where the 1914 battle against Russia’s Caucasus Army began.

People walked two kilometers to reach the starting point of the march with Turkish flags and banners reading “Turkey Marches with Martyrs”.

Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu and Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank are also joining the march.

The march marks the 104th anniversary of the Battle of Sarikamish, which claimed the lives of up to 90,000 Ottoman Turkish soldiers, many of whom froze to death in the bitter cold.

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