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Despite diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine, Poles honor Red Army troops killed in WWII

  • Warsaw residents walk among the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov.1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Warsaw residents walk among the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov.1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Warsaw residents walk among the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Warsaw residents walk among the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Warsaw residents light candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Warsaw residents light candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed while driving Nazi German troops from the city in January 1945, at their cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, on All Saints’ Day, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. All Saints’ Day is a national holiday when the Poles visit family graves with candles, flowers and prayers. They also visit unattended graves, like the ones of the Red Army troops, even though the troops brought decades of communism and despite the current diplomatic spat with Moscow over Ukraine. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

The diplomatic spat with Russia over Ukraine has not prevented Poles from placing hundreds of candles on the graves of Red Army soldiers killed in January 1945 while driving Nazi German troops from the city.

Nov. 1 is All Saints' day in Poland and people visit family graves and unattended graves with flowers, candles and prayers.

Even though the Red Army troops brought decades of communism, city authorities care for their cemetery and Warsaw residents light candles for them.

Hundreds of red and white lights were burning there on Saturday, showing that the current tensions with Moscow haven't affected Warsaw residents' compassion for the soldiers.

A father brought many candles saying he was teaching his two small children history.