LUGANSK, September 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic officials, activists, veterans and youth organisations on Tuesday honoured the memory of World War II fighters at the requiem meeting marking the 75th anniversary of liberation of the Voroshilovgrad region (later renamed to Lugansk region) from Nazi invaders.
The commemoration was held at the Pylon of Glory on the Great Patriotic War Heroes Square in central Lugansk.
It was attended by LPR Council of Ministers Sergey Kozlov, LPR Head’s aide Andrey Grebenyuk, deputy parliament speaker Dmitriy Khoroshilov, Lugansk administration head Manolis Pilavov, LPR Veterans Council chairman Mikhail Gaidukov and heads of the Republic’s ministries and departments.
“On September 4, 1943, the last inch of the Voroshilovgrad region was liberated from the Nazis at the cost of thousands of lives of Soviet fighters: Russians, Ukrainians, Belarussians, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Georgians... We have to remember it and venerate their memory,” said Kozlov as he addressed the rally.
Grebenyuk noted that “we still feel the pain of loss no matter how many years have passed since that terrible war.”
“The 20th century German Nazism tried to take away our Motherland and our freedom as the modern Nazism tried to do. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought for our lives, and today we’re fighting and have stopped the modern Nazism from coming onto our soil where Great Patriotic War fighters rest. Their graves will never be desecrated unlike WWII graves in Europe. The fallen fighters of the Great Patriotic War will forever be strong links connecting the past with the future,” the aide to the LPR head said.
Khoroshilov reminded that the Voroshilov region occupation had claimed the lives of more than 100,000 residents, while another 70,000 were forced to work in Germany. After the liberation of the region, our people rallied up to perform the second feat by restoring whatever had been destroyed by fascists. This set an example for us,” he noted.
“The day marking the 75th anniversary of Lugansk region liberation went down in our history forever. It grieves me to say that some towns of our region are still on the other side of the contact line. However, we’re confident that sooner or later, these territories will reunite with us, and that we’ll be working towards our Republic's prosperity together,” the Lugansk administration head said.
Gaidukov said in his speech that “the Great Patriotic War was now far way while the Lugansk region war was ongoing.”
“Our present-day defenders’ fortitude fostered by grandfathers and great-grandfathers shows that nobody had ever been able to put Donbass on its knees. But I believe that our Lugansk region will have long-awaited peace one day and that those who launched this war will get the punishment they deserve,” the LPR Council of Veterans chairman said.
The rally participants observed a minute of silence in memory of the fallen Great Patriotic War fighters.
Lugansk Cossack Corps cadets laid a glory garland to the Pylon. Rally participants then laid flowers at the Pylon of Glory and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A three shot gun salute was given to honour the memory of the fallen war heroes.
The Lugansk region was fully liberated from Nazi occupants on September 4, 1943. The fighting in the region 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 blocked a Nazi machine gun with his body.