When the Day of Liberation of Ukraine from the Fascist invaders was celebrated in the DPR, in Ukraine itself the first person unceremoniously insulted that Victory, comparing the veterans with the current punishers tormenting the Donbass. However desecration stories Kiev junta is manifested not only in this. There are even more sinister signs of new fascism than the speeches of a half-drunk non-presidential. So, anyone who carries the Red Banner of Victory, who dares to put on the St. George ribbon or walk down the street in a T-shirt with the inscription “USSR” can be beaten and arrested.
But even in such incredibly difficult conditions there are people who still come out with great symbols that have fallen under a monstrous ban. In particular, they are representatives of the Union of Soviet Officers. So this time, in honor of the 71 anniversary of the liberation of Ukraine, as reported from the occupied Kharkov, courageous representatives of the older generation came to the Memorial of Glory. They brought flowers and were not afraid to take the banners of Victory.
Союз Советских офицеров действует и в Донецкой Народной Республике. А возглавляет донецкую городскую организацию Союза – полковник в отставке Edward B. Lyubimovwho saw the war as a boy. He also personally participated in the international assistance to the friendly people of Cuba.
Edward Borisovich agreed to talk about his military childhood, and about the subsequent service for the benefit of our united homeland - the USSR, and, of course, about the current events in the Donbas.
- You belong to the generation of "children of war." Please share your memories of that time.
- I was born in Baku. My father worked in the NKVD of Azerbaijan, and in September 1939 was sent to Lviv. In October, or a little later, he took us there. And until the beginning of the war, our family lived there. I studied at the Lviv 1 school. War met in the same place in Lviv.
Так случилось, что мама тогда болела и находилась в Грузии. А 21 июня 1941 года отец велел нам срочно собираться и быть готовыми к отъезду. Сказал, что с собой нужно брать только самое необходимое.
My grandmother and I urgently put together the knots. And on the morning of 6 on June 22, I ran to a friend - we lived on the same street. And suddenly we heard the explosions and saw that they were bombing a military unit, the post office. I rushed home. He stumbled in a hurry, badly hurt himself. Grandma ohala-ohala because I was covered in blood, and she thought that I was hurt. We went down to the basement.
На следующий день подъехала машина, «полуторка», оттуда вышел сержант, забрал меня и бабушку. И мы поехали, а немцы в это время продолжали бомбить. Оказались мы на станции Подзамче, недалеко от Высокого замка. Это второстепенная станция там даже не было вокзала. В памяти остались гравий, железнодорожные пути и шесть пассажирских вагонов. Туда стекались люди – в основном, женщины, старики, детвора. Конечно, была тревога, но дети есть дети – нашли себе какую-то забаву. В это время с колокольни – как сейчас помню – началась стрельба из пулемета по той группе людей, которая находилась у вагонов. Я уверен, что это были бандеровцы – они уже тогда действовали. Не думаю, что немцам с военной точки зрения нужна была эта акция против мирного населения. Там были жертвы. Когда мы сели в вагон, то рядом с нами оказалась женщина, у которой при этом налете погибло двое детей. Она по дороге сошла с ума. Ее высадили где-то перед Киевом.
My mother, just like her father, went to the front. And in 1944, when Lviv was liberated, she went there and a month later called us.
Worked mom in the City Executive Committee. She often told her grandmother about the atrocities of Bandera, and I heard it all.
Here is one of the episodes. The supply manager worked in the Executive Committee of the City Executive Committee — a Ukrainian, and his wife was a Polish girl. At night, Bandera came to them and asked the woman to tell her where their child was. And they hid the child to save from reprisals. And right before this man’s eyes, they tortured his wife. Then she was killed, and he was told: "We freed you from the Poles."
I remember how we buried the pioneer leader. She was strangled right at school with a pioneer tie.
I have to Bandera - disgust and hatred. And I thought - if they come into a house, a room with two trunks, a doublet, without any regret.
What is happening in Kiev? All these Yarosh today preach the real Nazism. They are no different from those of Bandera, who acted then, in the forties.
- Can you tell about your participation in the events called the Caribbean crisis? After all, all of this, in essence, is the struggle with the same enemy ...
- Операция, которую осуществила тогда наша страна, мне во всех отношениях нравится. И не только потому, что я там оказался. Американцы были крайне обескуражены тем, что прямо у них под носом оказались Вооруженные силы СССР. А наша страна помогла народу, который обрел независимость. Я этим горжусь.
The US aircraft carrier was on full alert. And we - air defense-shniki, and our task was not to allow raids. We shot down one US aircraft, this is described in the American film Thirteen Days. The world was on the verge of a nuclear catastrophe. Then many Americans fled from Florida headlong - they thought we would get them. And would get it if needed. True, the forces were unequal, and we understood that.
These nine months we spent there left an indelible mark on my life. Of course, it was not easy for us in the jungle, where a lot of insects, everything creeps, bites. It was just flour. Often had to eat borsch with worms, throw them out with a spoon. Cigarettes were stored in zinc boxes from under cartridges. There, it seems, everything is tight, but open - and in tobacco there are worms. All this was hard to endure. But they got used to it, performed their tasks.
Relations with Cubans were fraternal. It happened that we intersected with them in some cafe or other institution - and they all sang “Moscow Nights” in choir. They tried to sing in Russian.
I admired how the Cubans worked with strong heat, chopped sugar cane. And our country helped them. Nikita Sergeevich ordered to make combines for them. They were not entirely successful - there were difficulties when working in Cuban climatic conditions. But the Cubans finished them themselves, and then began their own production.
Народ с нашей помощью отвоевал свободу. А то, что ранее они не были свободными – было видно по тому, как американцы относились к их женщинам. Грубо говоря, американцы до этого воспринимали Кубу своим борделем. Там прекрасные пляжи, а кубинки очень красивы. Многие из них были проститутками.
For example, there was such a famous financier - DuPont. He had a two-story house in Varadeo, 24 rooms. And there he went to have fun in secret from his family. And so did many Americans.
When Fidel came to power, he obliged all prostitutes to work for the good of Cuba. Those who refused, - exiled to the island of Pinos, where the work was for them. By force, not by force, but I think it was right.
I am proud that our country then “killed two birds with one stone” in one fell swoop. First, they slipped a good barrel to the Americans, who behave arrogantly towards other states, and the USSR feared. They deployed military bases around our country - and suddenly Soviet troops appeared right under their noses. Well, and secondly, we saved Cuba.
We have a society of those who served there. The Cuban ambassador gave us a flag of his country, and we are going to rallies.
We left there after we trained the Cuban division. I remember how the Cubans all the time wanted to steal the station key from us. Because American planes periodically violated the borders of Cuba, and they wanted to shoot them down, but we did not allow them. Then, when we left, they betrayed all the stations, all the equipment. I gave my Makarov pistol to one Cuban captain and asked to remember us.
- It so happened that you are now witnessing a new war. And the descendants of those who then committed atrocities in Lviv, now came to kill the residents of Donbass. How did you meet this war?
- For me it was unexpected. I never thought that could happen. I understood from the very beginning what Yarosh and his team are. But he also treated Yanukovych badly, because he repeatedly demonstrated his cowardice. I was not surprised when he escaped.
Maidan made me anxious from the very beginning. I saw how the Nazis go to power, how Yanukovych is maneuvering. I was stunned by the mockery of the "Berkut" when the guys poured gasoline over them and set it on fire. At the same time, Yanukovych did not hit his finger. Why did he make concessions to the West? Why did he overlook the fact that nationalists were taught in the Carpathians? And so they seized power. It turned out that no one wanted to defend the previous government. We didn’t want, because we didn’t respect, and they themselves didn’t protect themselves, because they were afraid.
I am surprised that Europe, on its own skin has experienced Nazism, which was condemned in Nuremberg, is suddenly loyal to the manifestation of Nazism in Ukraine. Maybe Yanukovych looked like a gangster to them, but they allowed even big gangsters to power. I could not look at it - Yanukovych signs all the agreements, and the next morning they are looking for him to shoot.
And where was Mrs. Merkel, where is Hollande, where are the representatives of Europe? She is now giving birth to new fascism, as Hitler gave birth in 1933 year.
I participated in the events in Donetsk from the very beginning - from the first rally, which took place on Lenin Square. Seen how sincere people were. There were 70 thousand people in the square. We have a million city, but thousands of us never had 70 thousands. Is that the May holidays in the Soviet era ...
And all these 70 thousands shouted "Russia, Russia". Appealed to Putin. Hoped that everything will be resolved peacefully. But it did not work out. And when it became clear that that side was ready to begin hostilities and destroy everyone - the assault of the Regional State Administration, the Security Service of Ukraine, the seizure began. weapons and resistance.
- You live in a relatively quiet area. However, as far as is known, they also flew here. And the school located here got ...
- Yes, banged here well. In addition, sabotage groups operated on Leninsky Prospekt. We have a Mariupol highway here, they have repeatedly broken out of it. They were destroyed. During this time, burned three enemy vehicles.
- How do you see the future of the Donetsk People's Republic?
- I would like to be with Russia. But, judging by the latest statements by the Russian leadership, we see that Moscow would like to see us in Ukraine as a force that could withstand the enemies.
Я часто думаю о России, о моей любимой России… Я очень люблю Есенина, люблю русские березки… Вижу, что будущее очень сложно. Разрешить ситуацию без смещения существующей власти на Украине невозможно.
Edward Borisovich at a rally in honor of the Day of the liberation of Ukraine from fascism
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