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The view at the end of the underground tunnel at Coastal Battery 35 in Sevastopol, Republic of Crimea, Ukraine. It was supposed to be the escape route at the end of a two-year seige. It ended up being a death sentence and a watery grave. During World War II, Hitler made it a priority to capture this city. A battery was built on the shores of Kazachya Bay as a way to defend the city, which was under attack from 1941 to 1942. Eventually Moscow ordered the military abandon the city. More than 30,000 Sevastopol residents died on this site. Today, the city's residents are collecting money to turn the site into a memorial that honors the dead. It is scheduled to open on July 3, 2011.