The city became famous for its resistance during the Battle of Stalingrad against the German Army in World War II. It is often regarded as the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare.
Although the city may have originated in 1555, documented evidence of Tsaritsyn located at the confluence of the Tsaritsa and Volga Rivers dates only from 1589. The fortress Sary Su (a local Tatar language name meaning: yellow water/river), was established to defend the unstable southern border of the country. It was located slightly above the mouth of the Tsaritsa River on the right bank. It soon became the nucleus of a trading settlement.
Large Martian craters (greater than 60km in diameter) are named after famous scientists and science fiction authors; smaller ones (less than 60km in diameter) get their names from towns on Earth. Craters cannot be named for living people, and small crater names are not intended to be commemorative - that is, a small crater isn't actually named after a specific town on Earth, but rather its name comes at random from a pool of terrestrial place names, with some exceptions made for craters near landing sites. Latitude and longitude are given as planetographic coordinates with west longitude.
Road signs reading Stalingrad may have been temporarily erected on the outskirts of Volgograd, but local residents have overwhelmingly rejected the prospect of the Soviet-era name becoming a permanent fixture ... .
Two-thirds of residents in the Russian city of Volgograd oppose renaming their city to Stalingrad, according to state polling released ahead of the 80th anniversary of a key World War II battle there. Volgograd had carried the name Stalingrad in honor of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin starting in 1925.
The high-profile celebrations in the southern city of Volgograd come as the Kremlin is drumming up support for its offensive in Ukraine, launched nearly a year ago to "de-Nazify" Ukraine, whose soldiers fought alongside Russia against Nazi Germany... On Wednesday, a bust of dictator Joseph Stalin was unveiled in Volgograd.
The passage of trucks has been prohibited and a day off granted for state employees in the Russian city of Volgograd, where the visit of PresidentVladimir Putin is expected ... come to Volgograd for one day ... The journalists note that the centre of Volgograd is being hastily prepared.