November 5, 2015 –
Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski
A memorial monument to the peaceful residents and militiamen killed during combat operations was ceremonially opened today in Debaltsevo. The monument was erected in the center of the city.
“The entire republic should kneel down on our knees for one reason – you all have experienced what many people have never even seen. We fought for the choice to be a free people. We have our own Donbass character. Honor and praise to all of those who defended their city and their children with a gun in their hands,” the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, stated.
A commemorative liturgy was led by the abbot of the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky, Archpriest Miron Alekseevich.
“Today, on the day of the feast of Our Lady of Kazan, we have gathered to pray for and honor our fallen soldiers who laid down their lives for our land,” the priest said.
The monument is shaped like a large stone and is located on the allee near the city administration building in Debaltsevo. Upon concluding the memorial service, attendees laid flowers at the monument.
“Eternal memory to the brothers and sisters who gave their lives for the liberation of Debaltsevo from Ukrainian punitive forces…2014-2015”
Afterwards, the rally moved to the memorial of Eternal Gory to those killed in the Great Patriotic War. Today, for the first time in many years, the Eternal Flame, which was renovated by local authorities, was lit. The leader of the republic also laid flowers before the Eternal Flame and drew analogies with the Great Patriotic War, speaking of the experiences which the residents of Donbass have had to endure over the course of the war for self-determination.