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.
The tragic anniversary of December
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