Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

DNR Kids Asked World Leaders to Stop the War in the Donbass

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On the International Day of Peace, DNR kids appealed to the international community to help stop the war in the Donbass by reading out a message at a peace rally held at the Donbass Liberators Memorial in Lenin Komsomol Park in Donetsk, attended by about 2,000 people.  Members of the Донецкая Республика (Donetskaya Respublika: Donetsk Bloc) (DR) bloc, its youth wing, Deputies of the DNR Peoples Soviet, students, and just plain folks attended the event. Aleksei Muratov, First Deputy Chairman of the DR Executive Committee, told the crowd, “We’ve been at war for more than a year. People that lived in peace yesterday, as a family, now kill each other. Our kids in the Donbass, like no other, know and understand what the horrors of war are. That’s why on 1 September (the Day of Knowledge), as a lesson in peacemaking, our kids wrote letters appealing to the leaders of all countries in the world to stop the war”. Sergei Kondrykinsky, Chairman of Молодая Республика (Molodaya Respublika: Young Republic), said, “Who else but we know the price of peace? Today, we must remember all those terrible moments that happened in our homeland, to remember them and to transmit them to future generations, to our children, to all young people in the DNR… to tell them that it’s impossible to defeat us”.

Those present observed a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the war, both soldiers and civilians. After that, young people read poems and sang a few songs about peace, before reading out a message of peace to the world’s leaders. Sofiya Kochina, a student at Donetsk School № 120, related, “We were only 14, we dreamed of a peaceful sky over our heads, our hearts bled when we heard and saw that windows shattering due to exploding shells. We want very much to see smiles on our families’ faces, not tears of frustration. All of us here in the Donbass appeal to you… please, bring peace to our motherland. We remember how beautiful Donetsk was before the war; we believe in our hearts that the thirst for the advent of peace in the world isn’t yet quenched”. At the conclusion, the people released balloons into the air with letters from Donbass kids about peace and they released doves, symbolising peace and harmony.

The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981 to promote peace among peoples and nations. In 2001, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution that stipulated that the International Day of Peace would fall every year on 21 September, as a day of non-violence and a day of ceasefire.

21 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/deti-dnr-poprosili-mirovyx-liderov-ostanovit-vojnu-na-donbasse.html

Donetsk Honoured Podvigs of Partisan Fighters of the VOV

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On the eve of the Day of Partisan Glory (22 September), our people honoured the memory of the podvigs* of Donetsk partisan fighters of the Great Patriotic War. The House of Workers Culture held an event, attended by over a hundred people. Ivan Kulaga, Chairman of the Commission for Partisans and Underground Fighters of the DNR Veterans Council, said, “Today, by tradition, we’re getting ready to celebrate the Day of Partisan Glory, to emphasise the podvigs of our Donbass partisans. We veterans are passing on, so, now, we want to hand on the baton to our youth, the heirs of our Victory. Some 1,200 partisans from the underground resistance in Donetsk died during the VOV. To this day, only 43 survive, a dozen of whom are here at today’s event”.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

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Землянка (Zemlyanka: Dugout), a song of the VOV period… STILL popular after all those years…

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For the veterans, we produced a documentary film about the most famous partisan operations in the Donbass. Accompanied by student pianist Oksana Tkachenko, Donetsk music school Vyacheslav Seroshtan sang a VOV song Землянка (Zemlanka: Dugout). The gathering remembered all those who didn’t survive to the present, and those shot by the fascist occupiers. VOV vet Aleksandr Kholin, who wrote 11 books on the partisans, said, “When our troops retreated, partisan bands arouse in every part of Donetsk, numbering more than 1,300 people. Of these, the fascists killed 257, and threw their bodies down mineshafts. My book Герои Рутченковки (Geroi Rutchenkovi: Heroes of Rutchenkovki) immortalised all those shot”.

The DNR Ministry of Culture sponsored and put on this memorial event. Relatives of the partisans and children also attended the event. At the end of the official memorial, they held a tea party for the partisan veterans. During the German fascist occupation, partisans did intelligence work and committed sabotage, destroying infrastructure and personnel vital to the occupiers. In the Donbass alone, there were 180 units and groups with more than 4,000 members. Another 836 partisan bands operated in the rear of the fascist occupiers in the Ukraine (outside of the Donbass).

21 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency

http://dan-news.info/obschestvo/v-donecke-pochtili-podvigi-doneckix-partizan-podpolshhikov-vremen-vov.html

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