Debaltsevo hosts rally dedicated to fifth anniversary of city’s liberation from Ukrainian armed forces

On February 19, a rally called “Donbass called us for heroic deeds” and dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the city’s liberation from the Ukrainian armed forces took place in Debaltsevo. The event was attended by the Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the DPR’s People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka, deputies, representatives of ministries and departments of the DPR, guests from the Lugansk People’s Republic and inhabitants of the city.

Addressing the rally, Denis Pushilin emphasized that a joint victory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics would forever remain a heroic page in the history of Donbass.

ʺDear friends! First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you on the fifth anniversary of the victory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics over the Ukrainian armed forces and the liberation of Debaltsevo.

It is essential for us to be aware of that feat that made it all possible. This is the feat of those who took up arms. The men, who joined the militia realizing that they were greatly outnumbered by the enemy and, by all the canons of military science, chances were slim to none. Nevertheless, perseverance, courage and, of course, understanding that this is our homeland, our home, allowed to win and liberate the city of Debaltsevo.

I believe it is right and necessary to create a medal “For the liberation of Debaltsevo” in honour of the fifth anniversary. I am sure that it will be a reliable guardian of historical memory for future generations.

We must remember the Chernukhino-Debaltsevo operation, we must honour the heroes – who are no longer with and those who continue to fight. We must remember those civilians who took part in the liberation of Debaltsevo. And, of course, those who continue to rebuild Debaltsevo and do everything possible to develop this city,ʺ the head of the Republic said.

In turn, Vladimir Bidyovka noted the importance of faith in victory and urged everyone to honour and remember the feat.

ʺDebaltsevo is a story of courage, selflessness and victory. The feat that the servicemen of the DPR made, defending the city from the armed aggression of the AFU, reminds us of how brave a man can be in a struggle for a just cause and protecting his homeland.

Debaltsevo has been living its peaceful and free live for five years now, but this peace did not come easily – at the cost of the lives of peaceful population and servicemen, who died at the hands of Ukrainian fascists.

Our goal is to honour the feat by passing on its memory from generation to generation,ʺ the speaker of the parliament said.

It should be reminded that the battles for Debaltsevo began in 2014. The Ukrainian armed forces launched an attack from Artyomovsk, trying to block the communication between the DPR and LPR. On July 21, the city came under the control of Ukrainian chastisers. The battles for Debaltsevo resumed in February 2015. The army of the Donetsk People’s Republic took control of the village of Logvinovo, the M-103 Artyomovsk – Debaltsevo highway and the heights adjacent to it. On February 18, 2015, the city was liberated.

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