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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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.



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


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


Monday, 14 September 2015

Z A Kosmodemyanskaya… Soviet Partisan, Hero of the Soviet Union (13 September 1923-29 November 1941)

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Zoya was born 13 September 1923 in the Osino-Gai in Gavrilovsky Raion in Tambov Oblast, into a local clergy family. In 1930, the family moved to Moscow. On 31 October 1941, Zoya Anatolyevna was amongst 2,000 Komsomoltsy volunteers at a rally at the Kolizei cinema, from there, she went to the Sprogis partisan school.” After three days of training, they sent her on 4 November to ​​Volokolamsk, where her group has successfully laid roadside booby-traps. On 17 November 1941, I V Stalin issued Decree 0428, instructing, “Drive out the Wehrmacht occupiers in our villages and towns, drive out the German invaders from all our settlements into the cold, smoke them out of all their bases and warm havens and force them to freeze in the open air. Destroy and burn down all settlements in the German rear up to 40-60 kilometres from the front line and from 20-30 kilometres to the right and left of the highways”. Zoya Anatolyevna was a part of a partisan group given the task to burn for 10 settlements in 5-7 days, including the village of Petrishcheva. Her group came under fire near the village of Golovkova and suffered heavy losses. The fascists captured her, put her to torture, and hanged her on 29 November 1941 in the village of Petrishcheva in Moscow Oblast. In 1942, she was posthumously became a Hero of the Soviet Union. She became the subject of many works of poets, writers, playwrights, painters, and sculptors in Soviet literature and art; they named streets after her in many Soviet cities.

Они выбрали Родину как главную ценность. Вечная память и слава героям! Никто не забыт, ничто не забыто!

They chose their Motherland as being above all other things. Eternal memory and glory to the heroes! No one is forgotten; nothing is forgotten!


Rossiskaya Federatsiya


Sunday, 13 September 2015

13 Septmeber 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Thank You!

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

OFFICIAL Zakharchenko: Glory to all DNR Warriors Who Laid Down Their Lives in the Battles for Independence

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Today, 7 September 2015, DNR Chairman of the Government the head of DNR A V Zakharchenko participated in ceremonies at the Saur-Mogila dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Donbass from the fascist invaders. Zakharchenko, Ministers of the Republic, members of the DNR Peoples Soviet, the heads of administrations of cities and raions, soldiers from the DNR forces, and members of Донецкая Республика (Donetskaya Respublika: Donetsk Republic) and Молодая Республика (Molodaya Respublika: Young Republic), as well as ordinary citizens, laid flowers at the graves of Red Army soldiers who died during Great Patriotic War, as well as DNR soldiers who died in the summer of 2014 in the battle for Saur-Mogila. After laying flowers, Zakharchenko addressed the rally:

Eternal memory to those who fell here in the 1940s and in 2014… eternal glory to the Vostok unit soldiers that held on to this height; glory to all DNR warriors who laid down their lives in the battles for independence. We’re the people of this land; we won’t give up an inch of our land.

The people present observed a minute of silence in memory of soldiers who died at Saur-Mogila.

Chairman of the DNR Government

7 September 2015

DNR Online

Official website of the DNR Council of Ministers and DNR Peoples Soviet


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