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Unexploded bomb discovered at the Kremlin

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An unexploded WWII bomb was discovered this week in the grounds of Kremlin, prompting workers and journalists to be evacuated from the area while the device was made safe.

The discovery was made during soil reinforcement at the Taynitsky Garden, a park area located within the walls of the medieval fortress near the banks of the Moskva River.

The Kremlin’s commandant, Sergei Khlebnikov, told the media on Thursday that the bomb was found on the site of what was once an ice cellar.

The explosive device was defused by sappers and removed from the area.

Nazi Germany's 1941 invasion of the then Soviet Union led to brutal fighting and sieges of Russian cities. The Kremlin was a primary target for Nazi bombers during the Battle for Moscow when Hitler launched air raids on the city.

The roof of one of its palaces was badly damaged during the raids.

It is not unusual to discover unexploded WWII bombs in the Russian capital. Earlier this week, three buried shells prompted an evacuation at a railway-car repair plant in the eastern part of the city.

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