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Smolensk

[ smoh-lensk, Russian smuh-lyensk ]
/ smoʊˈlɛnsk, Russian smʌˈlyɛnsk /
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noun

a city in the W Russian Federation in Europe, on the upper Dnieper, SW of Moscow: Russians defeated by Napoleon 1812.

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Smolensk
/ (Russian smaˈljɛnsk, English ˈsmɒlɛnsk) /

noun

a city in W Russia, on the Dnieper River: a major commercial centre in medieval times; scene of severe fighting (1941 and 1943) in World War II. Pop: 323 000 (2005 est)
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