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Donbass: Earth and Heavenly Defense


Over the past two days in the capital of the Donetsk People's Republic two striking events occurred. February 24 new army unit was solemnly presented with a banner. And February 25 - the first divine service in a long time was held in the Iversky monastery destroyed by ukrokaratel. These two events, following one after another, symbolize that the Donbass is protected by the army on earth, and the Most High in heaven.

The new division, Vityaz, will assist the Ministry of Transport of the DPR. That is - to ensure the safety of transportation, to protect transport facilities from those who are trying to harm the Republic.

Unfortunately, ukrodvershersam sometimes manage to do their dirty work. For example, railway lines between Yasinovataya stations (controlled by the DPR) and Skatotovaya (controlled by Ukraine) are regularly undermined. This is done in order to strengthen the blockade of the Donetsk People's Republic. The Minsk agreements do not allow such an embargo to be opened in the open, so they act with similar methods. Recently, due to the diversion on this site, one train has even gone off the rails. The saboteurs also often damage trains, mine bridges — the Kiev junta is unprofitable, so that there will be at least some railway connection in the DPR.

Therefore, the Republic needs a unit that would work in close cooperation with the Ministry of Transport. And it was created three months ago. And February 24 on the square in front of the Donetsk railway station (which, by the way, was also often subjected to ukro shelling), the DPR Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov handed the battle banner to the Vityaz unit. “Take care of your banner. Carry it with honor and dignity, ”he addressed the fighters.

For their part, the “knights” have demonstrated their combat training. In a demonstration performance, they neutralized the "terrorists" who, according to the scenario, tried to undermine the car. Hand-to-hand combat techniques and the art of breaking objects (tameshivari) were also shown.

The ceremony was also observed by civilians who greeted the fighters with enthusiastic applause. Although some impressionable women were a little afraid of shooting and worried about the guys who smashed various objects with their heads, but they also shouted “Well done!”.


And the next day, February 25, from the same Donetsk railway station, specially selected buses drove everyone to the Iversky Monastery, located practically on the front line itself.

The fighting in the area began from the very first day of the Ukrainian aggression against Donetsk - 26 May 2014. Since then, about any services in the St. Iversky nunnery, located near the Donetsk airport, the speech has not gone. The nuns remained there for some time - until the moment when Metropolitan Donetsk and Mariupol Hilarion ordered them to leave the area dangerous for life.

25 February Orthodox Christians celebrate the Day of the Iberian Icon of the Mother of God. And the same Metropolitan Hilarion blessed the divine liturgy held in the monastery.

And hundreds of people were not afraid to come to where you can catch a stray bullet or a fragment at any moment. There were those who came there for the first time. Not being churched, these people thus expressed their solidarity by coming to a ruined temple.

Donbass: Earth and Heavenly Defense

The bus drove along the road, pitted with craters, past broken, dead houses. When he approached the monastery temple, many who saw him in this state for the first time were shocked. After all, once this temple was a dazzling snow-white ...

Previously, volunteers worked here. They took tons of all kinds of stones, fragments, debris and everything that was previously walls, icons, furniture, but turned into a pile of construction waste. The very monastic icon of the Iberian Mother of God was saved and taken out.

Other buildings on the territory of the monastery are in a similar condition.

For three hours the Pitmen stood there, in a temple without a roof, where it was cold (the wind blew everyone mercilessly). Plaster poured from the ceiling and walls. The surroundings were drowned in fog, the air was very humid, and at times water was dripping from the surviving chandeliers, as if tears flowed from a desecrated shrine. And, of course, somewhere very close there were terrible sounds typical of the contact line.

The festive divine service was headed by the Archbishop of Makeevka Barnabas, in co-serving with the priests from other Donetsk churches.

Next to the monastery is the Iverskoe cemetery. It is fenced with tape, warning signs constantly hang: “The cemetery is mined”. "Caution mines", etc. Walking on its territory is prohibited. Therefore, many of those whose relatives are buried there have been unable to visit the graves of loved ones for more than a year.

Many gravestones are destroyed.

Someone put the carnations right in front of the fencing tape in order to honor the memory of dear people so much.

Iveron Icon of the Virgin, according to legend, was written by the Evangelist Luke. Its original was originally located in Nicaea, and then was moved to the Iversky Monastery on Mount Athos. Iverskaya differs from other icons depicting the Virgin Mary in that the Mother of God is depicted as wounded. Once, as the legend says, in the 9th century, during the Saracen raid on Nicaea, one of the conquerors pierced the icon with a spear. Suddenly she blacked out. And the barbarian, seeing this, repented and then became a monk.

Do modern ukrosaracins who destroyed the Iversky Monastery repent of their barbarism?
Photos used:
Elena Gromova
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  1. seregina68
    seregina68 26 February 2016 06: 33
    The army protects the land of Donbass, and the Almighty defends the sky. So be it! Thank you, Elena, for your reporting.
    1. Oleg Lavrov
      Oleg Lavrov 26 February 2016 15: 05
      Horrible sight !! Even then, when we stood in this monastery, against the Ukrofascists, these walls protected us !!
      1. go21zd45few
        go21zd45few 27 February 2016 18: 54
        It seems to me that it is time for Donbass to recall the history of the Second World War, that is, Kovpak's raids on the enemy’s rear, and to arrange a restless life for the Nazis.
  2. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 26 February 2016 06: 33
    Tamers will never repent. They generally have problems with their conscience. Apparently, a consequence of the "Maidan of the Brain". Terribly contagious disease. It spreads even through the TV screen. True, it affects only dill. Normal Russians have received a lifelong vaccination against this disease.
  3. Aleksander
    Aleksander 26 February 2016 06: 36
    In the photographs, beautiful, wonderful Russian people, are infinitely sorry that they suffer so much. Elena Gromova, many thanks.
  4. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 26 February 2016 06: 43
    Is it possible to think that after what is happening now in the Donbass, the republics will be able to live peacefully as part of ukroiny, as required by the Minsk agreement?
  5. parusnik
    parusnik 26 February 2016 07: 15
    I really wanted Donbass to succeed ..
  6. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 26 February 2016 07: 52
    God bless you - My bros - Defenders of Donbass !!!!! We pray for you and not Tokmo ......... with the bow of the Volga Cossack !!!!
  7. atos_kin
    atos_kin 26 February 2016 11: 47
    It is not enough to pull Gorbachev's "Timur"
    1. padded jacket
      padded jacket 26 February 2016 13: 04
      True, we already saw this in the 90s in the country, but obviously unfortunately forgot.
      And of course, many thanks to Elena Gromova for the article.
  8. Severok
    Severok 26 February 2016 15: 40
    The forerunner of events in Little Russia was an extraordinary decline in morality. Russia, too, has a threat in this direction, unless a public boycott is announced to TNT, Che, TV series about bandits and cops, a show-off cult (no pants, but in a Jaguar) ... If you do not start the revival of moral, primordial principles among people - in Russia it will be the same as in Ukraine. It is imperative to promote the prestige of conscience, mutual assistance, mutual assistance, a strong and large family, and broad knowledge. Without this, all of us and our descendants will experience degradation and extinction.
  9. Uncle
    Uncle 26 February 2016 19: 15
    When such poverty, devastation and other troubles - Faith is stronger. All are brothers to each other, we don’t have such a lot, they are a bit stuck.
  10. Anterpro
    Anterpro 1 March 2016 08: 56
    Thank you for the article! May God give the people reason and understand what is happening. The time will come and the truth will triumph!