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The tragic anniversary of December

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It so happened that last December was deeply tragic for us, the citizens of Russia. The terrible news went literally one after another.
So, December 5 2016, the country mourned two nurses from Birobidzhan - Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova. They died in the shelling of a field hospital by terrorists, built in Aleppo to help civilians.
A few days later, on December 19, we were shocked by the insidious murder at the photo exhibition in Ankara by the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. He was shot by a fanatic terrorist, shouting anti-Russian slogans.
And finally, another monstrous message came exactly a year ago, December 25 2016, from the Black Sea coast of Russia. The plane TU-154, flying from Moscow to the Khmeymim airbase, crashed in the Sochi area. 92 people died, including artists from the Alexandrov Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the Russian Army named after Aleksandrov headed by Valery Khalilov, nine journalists from various TV channels, employees of the Ministry of Culture, crew members and philanthropist Elizaveta Glinka, known as Dr. Lisa.

All these bitter events are united by the fact that they somehow became hardest pay for an independent position of Russia in relation to Syria. Including - for the liberation of the city of Aleppo.
The anti-Syrian “opposition” and its foreign owners (first of all, Washington) had their own plans for the second most important Syrian city. At one time, they wanted to turn it into a "second Benghazi", split Syria and implement the Libyan scenario in this country. Thanks to the firm and clear position of Moscow, this plan failed. Still, Aleppo was needed by the United States and its allies in the "coalition" as an important springboard for the "moderate opposition." Thanks to the heroism of the Syrian army and the Russian military, this bridgehead was neutralized.
As a result, Russia was accused of all mortal sins, of some savage infanticide (which was not shown even the slightest evidence, except for the production films of the White Helmets). BUT played on people who are certainly not to blame for anyone's deathThey are not even involved in the elimination of someone from the terrorists. Nurses Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova, along with other doctors, arrived in Syria not to kill, but to save the lives of adults and children (about which, it seems, the big “love lovers” of Washington are baked). Ambassador Andrei Karlov performed his work in Turkey and had no relation to the Russian military operation in the SAR. Dr. Lisa carried humanitarian aid to the Syrian hospitals - medicines and dressings. And, finally, the artists of the ensemble. Alexandrova flew to give a concert
- but no weapons they were not going to hold in their hands.
Of course, with regard to the destruction of the aircraft over the Black Sea, one cannot unequivocally assert that this was precisely a diversion. So far this is one of the unofficial hypotheses. The investigation cannot say anything definite about this, and the investigation of the tragedy is extended. Maybe there was a crew error. But yesif this tragedy did not occur as a result of sabotage, then the other December tragedies definitely happened as a result of crimes. And the motives for these crimes were, firstly, an attempt to revenge for the liberation of Aleppo, and secondly, blackmail.
Russia seemed to be specifically shown, "who is the boss in the house." Dared to go against the forces that sentenced Syria to destruction - paid off with human lives. And it's not just in revenge for the destroyed terrorists in Aleppo. Moscow seemed to be given a clear signal to stop its anti-terrorist operation. in Syria, the Syrian sky gave way to the “right” aircraft - the American ones and those belonging to the US allies.
Another annoying event of that black month was the fall of Palmyra after Russia and Syria earlier liberated this ancient city, this most important object of world culture. This happened on December 12. The terrorists too accurately calculated the moment when the main forces of the SAR and the Russian Federation were concentrated in the Aleppo area to launch a counterstrike. In this attack, the "outer ears" of the outer protectors of the "opposition" militants also stick out. Knowing what forces Russia applied to the release of Palmyra, knowing about the feat and the heroic death of Alexander Prokhorenko, who caused the fire, and, finally, about the powerful concert that was organized by Russia in the liberated amphitheater - they decided to steal this victory and put a heavy moral strike on Russian operation in Syria.
And then, and now you can often hear the question - why did Russia even take part in the fight against terrorism in the SAR? Wouldn't it have been better to “sit down and not put out”? Surely all these special operations also had such a goal: to make the Russian people ask these questions of power. Make the Syrian campaign unpopular among the citizens of the Russian Federation. Sow the idea that "our boys are dying in vain."
Fortunately, in those days, the leadership of Russia had the political courage not to succumb to these provocations. Russia with honor passed these terrible ordeals. And, if we had succumbed to outright blackmail, then it would be worth asking the question: in vain, perhaps, did our heroes fall?
Now the memory of our courageous compatriots is piously honored both in Syria and in Russia. So, in Aleppo - in the framework of the celebration of the anniversary of liberation from terrorism - an action took place, the analogue of which is our "Immortal Regiment". In addition to portraits of their dead relatives, the Syrians carried photographs of Russian nurses who were killed just for treating children in the wounded city.
Palmyra, as you know, was liberated again, although during their "second run" the terrorists managed to destroy several important historical objects that survived last time. But all the same - the defeat of Syria and Russia in this area was short-lived.
Turkey was forced to apologize for the assassinated ambassador Andrei Karlov. As a result, even from such an adversary of Syria as Erdogan, Moscow managed to get a number of concessions on the Syrian issue. The other day in Ankara, a monument was opened to the diplomat who died at his post.
Across the country, is perpetuating the memory of those who were in the fallen plane. A memorial in their honor will be erected at the memorial cemetery in the suburban Mytischi. In Ostankino, they intend to open a monument to nine journalists who crashed during this flight. In Kirzhach, Vladimir region, a plaque was opened in honor of the conductor Valery Khalilov. Mourning event is scheduled in Sochi.
And not only in Russia they honor the memory of these people. In Slovakia in the village of Rishnovec it is also planned to make a memorial plaque in honor of the ensemble of them. Alexandrova. In Belgrade (as assured by Serbian President Alexander Vucic during a recent visit to the Russian Federation) a park will be named in their honor. And in the Donetsk People's Republic, in Gorlovka, they intend to erect a small monument to Elizabeth Glinka, who helped take out children from under the shelling and arrange them for treatment in Russia.
The dead will not return. But the main thing is for the living to remember the great cause for which they gave their lives. And they did not allow some presidential candidates to trample this holy matter into the mud and say that it was all in vain, but it was necessary, they say, at any cost, including the price of humiliation, to get rid of the West’s disfavor ... that our fellow citizens were dying.


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  1. aszzz888
    aszzz888 25 December 2017 06: 47
    +2
    I agree with you, Elena! December 2016 was simply catastrophically scary and bad for the country, for Russia and its normal and adequate people. But here, in RUSSIA, it is grief that unites people, and therefore we have become even firmer in our judgments and actions.
    1. Alber
      Alber 25 December 2017 06: 54
      +2
      Quote: aszzz888
      I agree with you, Elena! December 2016 was simply catastrophically scary and bad for the country, for Russia and its normal and adequate people. But here, in RUSSIA, it is grief that unites people, and therefore we have become even firmer in our judgments and actions.

      We hope that everything bad will remain in the 17th year. And in New 2018 we will enter with a rise in everything
      1. Tatyana
        Tatyana 25 December 2017 13: 02
        +2
        The dead will not return. But the main thing is for the living to remember the great cause for which they gave their lives. And they did not allow some presidential candidates to trample this holy matter into the mud and say that it was all in vain, but it was necessary, they say, at any cost, including the price of humiliation, to get rid of the West’s disfavor ... that our fellow citizens were dying.

        Those liberoids who consider the people to be “bygone” live in a world of other changes and they will never understand the patriotism of “cattle”.


  2. mih_sergeev92
    mih_sergeev92 25 December 2017 09: 30
    +2
    All the same, this is a very difficult question. The ambiguity of the need to participate in the Syrian war is obvious.
    It’s just that there is the Donbass near by, where for almost 4 years now people have been dying. Throwing Russians like us to the arbitrariness of the Minsk agreements, but climbing into Syria for oil is hypocrisy. All our dead soldiers, officers, nurses and musicians are certainly heroes, no doubt. But why did they die? For contracts that Rosneft is already concluding? Or for peace in Syria, which is still far away .. All this is very sad.
    1. Golovan Jack
      Golovan Jack 25 December 2017 09: 41
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      Quote: mih_sergeev92
      For contracts that Rosneft is already concluding?

      State employees will then receive a salary from these horse paths. And the military is a salary. And pensioners - pensions.
      The structure of the revenue side of the budget of the Russian Federation, look negative
      1. mih_sergeev92
        mih_sergeev92 25 December 2017 10: 14
        +2
        Well, and what is better than the US operation in Iraq? And somehow it is not visible that during the operation in Syria, salaries and pensions increased. In my opinion, there is a misunderstanding on the part of people like you, why is all this being done
      2. Petr1968
        Petr1968 25 December 2017 12: 36
        +3
        Quote: Golovan Jack
        State employees will then receive a salary from these horse paths. And the military is a salary. And pensioners - pensions.

        But isn't that why the whole world scolds America. What are we better then?
        What would receive pensions, it is necessary to build the economy inside the country. We need to sell planes and trains, and not to shoot bullets from 8000 in jeeps.
        Or have pensions increased since the start of the Syrian company? On the contrary, they gave one-time compensation, which is less than the annual increase.
        So caring for our common people is really far-fetched.
    2. johnik
      johnik 25 December 2017 09: 57
      +3
      In Syria, people have been waiting for support from Russia since the beginning of the war and even earlier (talking with people when they went to Tartus). And go to Donbass - there will be forks in the back, brotherly people ...
    3. igorka357
      igorka357 25 December 2017 10: 14
      +1
      However, you are utterly zero in geopolitics, and you don’t understand a damn thing about the essence of the so-called fraternal peoples, and especially the Ukrainians! Firstly, the influence on the BV increased several times, the army showed its power to the whole world, tested new weapons, and proved that , it’s even better not to think about some sort of attack on the Russian Federation! Money from contracts in Syria for oil goes to the budget as well, money from contracts for the supply of weapons is also there .. Now respected about the Slav brothers. Crimea voted, Crimea came back, and now think about why DNR and LC do not vote, and then because local princes need their republics, they help Russia, restore it, and leave it alone .. then we’re like it, to hell with these brothers! Do you want in the Russian Federation, organize referenda, remove your princes from their posts, Moscow will put the right people, and the question of Donbass will be closed, this is firstly .. secondly you have been told correctly so far that the Ukrainians do not see the real enemy in the person of the Russian Federation in the Donbas, because we are not there, in the sense of the army .. but if you let the army go there and give order, it will be necessary to stomp to Kiev for sure, and then the Ukrainians will really hate Russia , so far not everything is so bad there, although people are afraid to speak out for a positive relationship with Moscow! Ask any ATO worker with whom he is fighting, he will say to the "separatists", he will not say to the army of the Russian Federation, and the ringing is that "on their place" everything from the top is galdezh, unproven and stupid, adequate Ukrainians understand this, as well as the fact that the RF Armed Forces need a maximum of a couple of months to resolve the issue of hohland, if it isn’t okay! And do not forget half of the brothers from Ukraine and from Donbass in Russia they earn, one of them from Donbass even wrote here .. type collect money for the return he earned a gift for his wife and baby, but not enough for a ticket! And in your post you can clearly see that you share a person by religion!
      1. mih_sergeev92
        mih_sergeev92 25 December 2017 12: 47
        +3
        What is geopolitics ?? Clean business.
      2. Petr1968
        Petr1968 25 December 2017 13: 06
        +3
        Quote: igorka357
        Firstly, the influence on the BV increased several times, the army showed its power to the whole world, tested new weapons, and proved .. that it’s even better for all nats not to think about some sort of attack on the Russian Federation!

        Well, firstly, I don’t think that we were surprised by NATO. Or have we experienced something secret?
        Secondly, NATO is just as prepared for an attack on us as we are on NATO.
        Thirdly, tell us how two years of the war in Syria affected our economy.
        Fourth, Apple earned more than Rosneft. Betting on cheaper oil is a fit for your boys.
        Fifth, Russia does not trade in honor and conscience. And in honor we should join Donbass.
        Or we don’t shout at every corner about the scrapes and our holiness and admit that we want to share the cake with the Americans.
      3. Petr1968
        Petr1968 25 December 2017 13: 14
        +3
        Quote: igorka357
        Ask any AToshnik with whom he is fighting, he will say to the “separatists”, he will not say to the Russian army, and the ring is that “they have everything” from the top, unproven and stupid, adequate Ukrainians understand this, as well as the fact that the RF Armed Forces Well, a maximum of a couple of months is needed to solve the issue of Hohland, if it weren’t okay!

        And how do those who understand ATOshniki explain that they are opposing the whole country to two mining cities? Not two former military bases with a huge stock of ammunition, but two mining towns. And then no one canceled YouTube, when people there call where they come from ...
        Or are we playing a game - volunteers and private companies - does this have no attention to Russia? And that's why we did not join the Donbass, because the dough will lose so much because of sanctions that you never dreamed of. One threat of disabling SWIFT will put the banks in cancer. And for what, for poor Ukrainians? That’s all ... And let's leave for Solovyov these "two-day captures of Kiev." Go and get it. And then live in North Korea. And Putin’s friends don’t really live there.
      4. freddyk
        freddyk 25 December 2017 23: 05
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        Quote: igorka357
        Crimea has voted, Crimea has returned, and now think about why the DPR and LPR do not vote


        Where were you on May 11, 2014? When in the Donbass, contrary to Putin's persuasion, a popular referendum was held. 89,7% of those who came to the polls voted for joining Russia
        1. Petr1968
          Petr1968 26 December 2017 10: 42
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          Quote: freddyk
          Where were you on May 11, 2014? When in the Donbass, contrary to Putin's persuasion, a popular referendum was held. 89,7% of those who came to the polls voted for joining Russia

          Are you one of those who believe that accession issues are resolved in a referendum?
  3. iouris
    iouris 25 December 2017 11: 08
    +1
    If a catastrophe is not the result of a terrorist attack, then a catastrophe is the result of systemic flaws. And what measures have been taken? If there was a terrorist attack, then who was punished?
  4. dmmyak40
    dmmyak40 25 December 2017 12: 19
    +1
    Quote: iouris
    If a catastrophe is not the result of a terrorist attack, then a catastrophe is the result of systemic flaws. And what measures have been taken? If there was a terrorist attack, then who was punished?

    What are the system flaws? This is a flagrant mistake of the FAC and nothing more. Why write nonsense about the attack?
    1. iouris
      iouris 25 December 2017 13: 08
      +2
      Quote: dmmyak40
      This is a flagrant mistake of the FAC and nothing more. Why write nonsense

      You personally established it, but there is no conclusion from the commission investigating the causes of this disaster. There is an indirect result - the commander-in-chief became a senator.
      1. Petr1968
        Petr1968 26 December 2017 13: 26
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        Quote: iouris
        You personally established it, but there is no conclusion from the commission investigating the causes of this disaster.

        The recorders got it. There is no refutation of the crew’s mistake, but this is easily seen on the film.
        What other proof is needed? What crew recruited ISIS? Is this being checked?
        As for system measures, they have long taken, TU 154 is not used on regular passenger lines. At least in serious companies. And the concept of CRM is not for the military.
    2. Petr1968
      Petr1968 25 December 2017 13: 21
      +1
      Quote: dmmyak40
      What are the system flaws? This is a flagrant mistake of the FAC and nothing more. Why write nonsense about the attack?

      Well, because OURS do not make mistakes. There are people from posters, with clips, etc. We have all the bad things because of America, it was they who arranged everything. All our troubles are because of America. It’s been talked about to people over the past few years .. And you ask about nonsense .. this is not nonsense, but hypnosis.
  5. A.
    A. 25 December 2017 17: 48
    0
    Elena, God bless you!
  6. Sotskiy
    Sotskiy 25 December 2017 23: 16
    0
    I consider it very correct from the side of the site administrators the lack of a vote button when covering such tragic moments in our country. In sorrow, all normal people are in solidarity.
  7. Status
    Status 26 December 2017 08: 09
    +1
    Elena, thanks for the interesting article, as always, it is read in one breath, though the analysis of the disaster in Sochi seemed a bit superficial, I think it was still human facts, but all the other puzzles of this story, I think, were clearly laid out.
    1. elenagromova
      27 December 2017 04: 00
      0
      Unfortunately, it is difficult to analyze the causes of the disaster in Sochi. Many - and not only "sofa warriors" - are inclined to the version of the terrorist attack. But the Ministry of Defense categorically denies. There is no real information, and this is the lot of specialists. And the Defense Ministry can be understood: declare that this is a terrorist act, how the voices of false pacifists will be heard about Syria ... The bottom line is something else, however, these victims are not in vain. We must remember the fallen and continue their work.
      1. Petr1968
        Petr1968 27 December 2017 12: 45
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        Quote: elenagromova
        Many - and far from just "sofa warriors" - are inclined to the version of the attack.

        This is ISIS, or Obama ... definitely!