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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

7 October 2015. Here’s a “Good Work” That’s Well-Worth Supporting… Mark Your Calendars for 6 – 8 November!

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If you live within a two-hour drive or so of Mayfield PA in NEPA, here’s something well-worth considering marking your calendar for:

St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral Christmas Bazaar 

St John’s Center

703 Hill Street

Mayfield PA 18433

6 – 8 November 2015

Starting 11.00 EST 6 November

Closing 15.00 EST 8 November

All intel and info is at the link above. I need add nothing more… except, bring plenty of green to spend and plenty of love to share (there might be some pierogies n’ pivo around, too, if you ask nice)… ’nuff said…



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


OFFICIAL Message of DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko on the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of the Donbass from the Fascist Invaders

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Dear compatriots!

DNR Citizens!

I appeal to everyone in our homeland to remember a historical event of particular importance for our region… the liberation of the Donbass from the fascist invaders. Unfortunately, years of occupation preceded this great victory, almost 700 days of inhuman cruelty, pain, and suffering, with unprecedented mass extermination of the civilian population. Just at the Kalinovka Mines 4 and 4a, the fascists shot about 75,000 people… women, children, the elderly, prisoners of war… and threw their bodies into the mineshafts. However, on 8 September 1943 became a long-awaited joyous day for everybody. The troops of the Southern and South-Western Fronts recaptured the Donbass from the Germans… retaking the most important industrial region of our great country. Many warriors of the Red Army met heroic deaths in the bloody and bitter battles for the liberation of Donbass fallen hero’s death, such as Lieutenant General Gurov and Guards Colonel Grinkevich. The liberation of Donbass from fascist invaders will forever remain in our memories and will always be a reminder of the courage, valour and heroism of our people, whose will no one can break. I greet on this happy day all our winner-veterans who fought and liberated their homeland from the Nazis, every inhabitant of the Donbass, and everyone in the DNR. We remember the podvigs* of our ancestors and carry out the covenants of our grandfathers. We won’t allow the enemy to grab our Motherland and we’ll kick the aggressors out of our native land. Victory will be ours!

  • 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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Chairman of the DNR Government

8 September 2015

DNR Online

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


Monday, 7 September 2015

Zakharchenko sez DNR Honourably Raised the Banner of the Heroes who Liberated the Donbass in 1943

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On the eve of Liberation Day, at the Saur-Mogila Memorial Complex, DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko stated:

In 1941, a powerful foe attacked our land, for 700 days, it was under enemy occupation. There were 700 days of brutal atrocities, which killed tens of thousands of our countrymen. In 1943, on 8 September, our grandfathers and great-grandfathers kicked out these fascist stray cats from our land. Again, in 2014, enemies invaded the Donbass once more, once again fighting erupted around Makeyevka, Yenakiyevo, Gorlovka, Debaltsevo, and Uglegorsk. Again, we had to take up arms, as we did 70 years ago. We have the honour of raising up again the banner of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. In 1941, the enemy wasn’t able to beat down the Donbass, nor will they do so in 2015.


L V Leshchenko (Peoples Artist of the RSFSR) has “owned” День Победы (Victory Day) since its première in 1975… this is an early rendition from 1975


…this performance is from 2015… Lev Valerianovich is still going strong at 73


Синий платочек (The Blue Scarf) is another VOV fave… this version by K I Shulzhenko (Peoples Artist of the USSR) is from 1942 (she was a Kharkov homegirl)…


…here, Klavdiya Ivanovna does her standard in a 1975 performance… she lived until 1984


Over 5,000 people were at the ceremony, including VOV veterans, delegations from the raions and towns of the Republic, as well as members of the DNR Council of Ministers and the DNR Peoples Soviet. Soloists of the Donetsk State Philharmonic gave a concert of famous war songs such as Синий платочек (Blue Scarf), День Победы (Victory Day), and others. At the foot of the memorial, Bishop Varsonofy Vinnichenko of Novoazovsk {vicar of the Donetsk Diocese, a Donetsk homie: editor} served a Pannikhida in memory of fallen soldiers. He said, “The sun should always shine over the Donbass, reflected in the eyes of mothers and in children’s smiles. Freedom is a hard thing to get, but it’s the most sacred thing that we have”. Those present honoured the memory of those who fell fighting for their motherland’s freedom with a moment of silence. At the end of the Pannikhida, Zakharchenko and other high government officials climbed up to the point where the Soviet positions were in 1943. They laid flowers on the graves of fallen Red Army soldiers from 72 years ago, as well as laying flowers on the more recent graves of patriot soldiers who died defending the motherland a year ago.

The Donbass celebrates Liberation Day on 8 September, as the Red Army liberated Stalino (now Donetsk) from the fascist occupiers on that day.

7 September 2015

DAN Donetsk News Agency


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