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Partisan Glory Day


September 22 in Ukraine - Day of Partisan Glory. This holiday was established by the decree of the former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma in 2001, in the year of the 60 anniversary of the beginning of the partisan movement. And the initiative about this was put forward by veterans of the Great Patriotic War.

In the Donetsk People's Republic do not forget about the good traditions. Even if they are associated with Ukraine, for example, this memorable date. Even in spite of the fact that only the Communists in some areas celebrated this date in Ukraine itself, both very modestly and at great risk, almost underground. In conditions when today's Ukrainian regime refuses memory and stories people, - who, if not the People's Republics, inherited such glorious traditions?

Despite the fact that there are few wooded areas in the Donbass and that is why the partisan movement here was not as powerful as, for example, in the legendary forests near Rivne, the miner’s edge still has something to be proud of. There were formed partisan detachments (mainly under Slavyansk because of the terrain) and underground groups. They carried out more 600 operations: eliminated the enemy's manpower, undermined German trains, distributed leaflets, rescued prisoners of war.

Although the day of the beginning of the partisan movement in Ukraine is considered to be 22 of September of 1941, but in the Donbas it began to take shape even earlier - almost immediately after the occupation began. And this is despite the barbaric terror imposed by the invaders. More than 17 of thousands of communists and patriots of Donetsk (then the city of Stalino) were dumped into the mine holes of the Kalinovka 4-4-bis mine. Other mines (and not only mines!) Also became places of mass reprisals of fascists over the inhabitants of Donbass.

In the memorial complex "Your Liberators, Donbass", located in the Leninsky Komsomol Park, a separate wing is specially allocated to honor the memory of the dead partisans and underground fighters. September 22 held a rally in honor of Partisan Glory Day.

The speakers noted that all the people had risen to fight against fascism, from young to old. Unfortunately, after many years, war again came to the land of Donbass.

Veterans, schoolchildren, and activists of search teams spoke at the rally. The head of the Donetsk administration, Igor Martynov, wished all veterans of the war that peace would come as soon as possible. Military songs were performed. After a minute of silence, flowers were laid.

And on the eve of September, 21, a meeting with veterans of the Great Patriotic War was held in Donetsk. The hall could not accommodate everyone, many visitors stayed in the lobby and listened to speeches from there.

As the head of the agency “Books of Memory” Ivan Kulaga stressed, about 1200 partisans and underground fighters of the Donetsk region died on the alarming days of the war, and now 43 people have survived. Of course, not all of them could come to the meeting, but those who came with enthusiasm and gleam in their eyes shared their memories, although sometimes they were very sad.

A veteran of World War II, Alexander Kholin wrote 11 books about the underground workers of the Donetsk region. He devoted his speech to the stories of the exploits of these remarkable people who challenged fascism.

There were shown excerpts from documentaries about partisans not only of Donbass, but also of Ukraine - in particular, about Sidor Kovpak. From the stage there were poems and songs about the war: “Dark-skinned woman”, “He did not return from the battlefield”, and in the end - a poppuri from military songs. The hall eagerly sang along.

The schoolchildren took to the stage with portraits of the girls ’underground workers Claudia Baranchikova, Martha Noskova, Shura Vasilyeva, Kapitolina Kostrykina and Zina Polonchuk. After torture in fascist dungeons, they were shot 15 January 1942 year. Claudia Baranchikova got a job as a nurse in a prisoner of war camp created by the invaders. She handed the prisoners encouraging letters from other girls, as well as food. An underground group of girls made documents for prisoners of war. The soldiers were allegedly summoned to a medical examination, and then they organized an escape, helped to hide and transferred to the front line. In addition, underground workers engaged in the distribution of leaflets. However, on January 9 1942, under the denunciation of traitors, five girls were arrested and six days later brutally murdered.

Now their names are carved at the foot of another monument in Donetsk - the memorial to the victims of fascism in a park near the Center for Slavic Culture and Literature.

The people of Donbass remember the heroes - both those who fought directly in this staunch region, and those who liberated Ukraine. Even if Ukraine itself today is seriously ill with unconsciousness.

(Especially for the "Military Review")
Photos used:
Elena Gromova
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 24 September 2015 06: 18 New
    The people of Donbass remember the heroes - both those who fought directly in this persistent land, and those who liberated Ukraine.

    The descendants of these heroes are now fighting with the neo-Nazis of modern UKRAINE ... I wish them victory.
    1. DanSabaka
      DanSabaka 24 September 2015 08: 05 New
      It is interesting in the city of Putivl, Sumy region. remember Sidor Kovpak?
      Under the USSR, there was a whole cult of this heroic partisan general and his partisan army ....
      1. Uncle VasyaSayapin
        Uncle VasyaSayapin 24 September 2015 10: 54 New
        It is high time the servicemen of the Western Operational Commanding organize an excursion to the places of military glory of Kovpak! Hit an armored off-road ride and Svidomo!
  2. ps-1972
    ps-1972 24 September 2015 07: 09 New
    When the holiday was announced, I think that they wanted to smoothly shift the emphasis on Bandera. But recent events in Ukraine put everything in its place. At least in its east.
    1. elenagromova
      25 September 2015 05: 48 New
      No, it was the initiative of good veterans ....
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 24 September 2015 07: 27 New
    September 22 in Ukraine - Day of Partisan Glory...How it’s clear that they celebrate in LDNR ... And as they say in Ukraine, who are the guerrillas now with them ..? Bandera ..
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 24 September 2015 07: 39 New
    The fact that this holiday is celebrated in the Donbass is understandable and natural. And for Kiev now it’s not a holiday, unless, as they wrote above, Bandera’s people are considered partisans. So they there and so honor UPA-UNO.
  5. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 24 September 2015 08: 22 New
    we remember why the grandfathers fought! and who forgot - let’s recall! this memory in our genes! and this is not pathos - life!
  6. Black Colonel
    Black Colonel 24 September 2015 09: 12 New
    When I was small, I remember how my grandmother’s neighbor cried when she heard about the death of Sidor Kovpak. She and the whole village (and it was in Belarus) were persecuted for execution when the Kovpakovites shot and killed the policemen and German escorts.
  7. tank64rus
    tank64rus 24 September 2015 14: 28 New
    Alive and Dead. Eternal to them Memory and Glory! And traitors and traitors past and present Damnation.
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 24 September 2015 17: 17 New
      Now in Europe, the situation of those years is largely repeated, though not on such a scale, nationalists and outspoken fascists under the control of Poroshenko (Valtsman), Groisman, Yatsenyuk are "prut" to Russia and many thanks to the residents of Donbass who remember and honor the memory of their grandfathers who stopped ends that crushed Nazism. This was forgotten by many "figures" from the EU who support the Kiev regime, and especially the United States and Israel, which are the main supporters and "teachers" of the current government in Ukraine.
      Thanks for the article Elena.