14 February 2018, 11:40
LPR leaders venerate memory of WW II heroes on Liberation Day
LUGANSK, February 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Acting LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik laid flowers to the Pylon of Glory and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the 75th anniversary of Lugansk liberation from Nazi invaders.
The event was attended by LPR Council of Ministers Chairman Sergey Kozlov, LPR parliament speaker Denis Miroshnichenko, Lugansk administration head Manolis Pilavov, People’s Militia representatives and leaders of LPR trade unions and public organisations.
Lugansk schoolchildren and Afghan war veterans also took part in the ceremony.
The honorary guests were two World War II veterans who took part in liberation of the city in February 1943, Nikolay Zelinskiy and Tikhon Kharchenko.
Memorial events are taking place at all Lugansk World War II monuments.
Lugansk (Voroshilovgrad) was liberated by Red Army Southwestern Front units on 14 February 1943 in the course of Voroshilovgrad Operation. 3rd Guards Army under the command of Lieutenant-General Dmitriy Lelyushenko and General Ivan Shlemin’s 5th tank army took part in the fight for the city.
Lugansk had been under Nazi occupation for about seven months (212 days).
The city was fully liberated from Nazi occupants on 4 September 1943. Lugansk region fighting claimed the lives of more than 120,000 servicemen of different nationalities. More than 400,000 residents of the region joined the Soviet army, 286 of them were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union; four residents repeated the feat of Alexander Matrosov who had blocked a Nazi machine gun with his body.
LuganskMediaCentre — 14 February — Lugansk