Truly, the living stood in one row with the dead. Today's warriors of Donbass together with the guys who hold portraits of their grandfathers-veterans. Here are the graves of those who died last year, defending Novorossia and defending the right to life for all its citizens. From the sky look those who fell during the Great Patriotic War. The immobile soldiers of the monument, crippled by shrapnel, look at the crowd of many thousands. And that huge, poured out of metal, warrior, from which after last year’s fights only a boot remained - he is also here in this sacred place, whose name is Saur-Tomb.
What kind of banners there are in the hands of those gathered! Of course, the red flags of the Victory. Flags of Donetsk People's Republic. State flags of Russia. Cloths of the Soviet Union with a hammer and sickle. Imperial flags. And those that people did themselves.
And the weather on this day is varied. It is cloudy, then rain, then the sun will look out. As if heaven itself wishes to congratulate people on a holiday, it mourns the fallen.
At one time, even when no one thought that events in Ukraine would lead to a neo-fascist coup, as well as to the return of Crimea to Russia and the creation of Novorossia, Ukrainian communists put forward the initiative to erect a stone slab in honor of the friendship between Russia and Ukraine at the foot of the great monument. The slab stands now, but now it is like a gravestone ... For the Maidan led to a sad result ... Now, right behind this slab is the graves of those killed by the Ukrainian army. Some of these graves are nameless. Only punched helmets lie on them and low-key flowers grow from the sad land.
On September 7, thousands of people came to Saur-Mogila from Donetsk, Makeyevka, Snezhny, Shakhtersk, Zugres, Dokuchaevsk, Debaltseve, Torez and other cities, as well as from small villages. We arrived at the broken monument and fresh graves. Brought baskets of flowers and modest bouquets. For the heroes of both wars.
First there was a concert. Sang front songs. And sad, and funny - because, as now, then there was also a place for joy. Even on the hardest days ...
People danced to “Smuglyanka” and “Katyusha”.
The boys showed genuine interest in armored vehicles of the Great Patriotic War.
Then the clergy held a memorial service for all those killed. Just at that time it started to rain.
Head of the Republic Alexander Zakharchenko arrived at Saur-Grave. After the requiem, he addressed the crowd:
- In 1941, a cruel, treacherous, powerful enemy came to our land. The German fascist invaders treacherously penetrated our homeland. 700 days our land was under occupation. 700 days of inhuman cruelty, during which tens of thousands of our countrymen were destroyed. Tens of thousands of women, old people and children were hijacked. But 8 September 1943, our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, like lousy kittens, threw the invaders from our homeland.
In 2014, the enemy again came to our land, and in the military reports the cities of Enakievo, Makeyevka, Gorlovka, Debaltsevo, Uglegorsk sounded. We had to pick up again weapon in this holy land. And we honorably adopted the banner of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. In 1941, the Donbass could not be brought to its knees. Not set in 2014-2015's ...
Then the Head of the Republic led the column, which climbed to the top of the legendary kurgan.
Throughout the whole procession the processions were quite young.
A huge number of flowers brought people to the Eternal Flame.
Here, on top, the defenders of Saur-Mogila, who fell in 2014, are also buried. Including - legendary commander Oleg Grishin with the call sign "Bear". This he caused the fire on himself. Commander, who was deeply respected by his fighters.
People come up, stand near the graves ...
Go down. There, according to tradition, celebrate the holiday in a closer circle.
Among the truly living stones, among the ruins of the monument, among the armature and the crushed steps - the banner of Victory and the banner of the Donetsk People's Republic proudly fly. It smells of steppe grasses that preserve the memory of battling battles.
But there are those who can not celebrate the holiday along with all the Donbas. And it's not even about the fallen. They are just along with the living, and this is felt in every raindrop, every gust of wind ... It’s about those who are in the territories still occupied by the junta. And I want to believe the words of Alexander Zakharchenko, said to those who came to Saur-Grave this day: “The day will come when military reports will sound:“ During the six-day or even daily combat, Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Konstantinovka, Krasnoarmeysk were liberated , Kurakhovo.
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