On the eve of the 75th anniversary of Donbass liberation, Denis Pushilin on behalf of the Russian Centre invited the representatives of hero cities of the Soviet Union to rebuild an alley destroyed as a result of hostilities over Saur-Mogila in 2014. This proposal was made on April 19 during a conference entitled “Cultural space of the people of Russia and Donbass”, which took place in Moscow.
The event organized by the Committee for Public Support to the residents of the South-eastern of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Ukraine was attended the Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, the Head of the Russian Centre Denis Pushilin, the First Deputy Head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Vladimir Jabbarov, the Chairman of Federation Council Committee on Federal Structure, Regional Policy, Local Government and Northern Affairs Oleg Melnichenko, the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Science, Education and Culture Sergey Rybakov, the Acting Minister of Labout and Social Policy of the DPR Larisa Tolstykina, the member of Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Tatyana Lebedeva, the Chairman of the the Chamber of Young Legislators under the Federation Council Nikolay Burmatov, the deputy of Petrovsky municipal unit of Saint-Petersburg and the Petrovsky municipal district Ekaterina Zinovkina, the deputy of City Duma of Novocherkassk of the Rostov region Lidia Novoseltseva.
Speaking as rapporteur in a section entitled “Russian world and the problems of falsification of the history of the Second World War”, Denis Pushilin stated that the priority of the integration programme should be the introduction of joint project initiatives in the field of international humanitarian cooperation, promoting counteraction to anti-Russian, Russophobic and anti-Soviet propaganda. Especially the Head of the delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic stressed the need to counteract the discrediting of concept related to the outcome of the Second World War.
ʺThe problem of falsification of the history of the Second World War for Donbass is not just a sore subject, it is a key one. We fenced ourselves off from Ukraine in 2014, including because it deliberately kills the memory of the Great Patriotic War, depreciates the Great Victory and has no respect for its significant attributes – the Victory Banner, St. George Ribbon, monuments and memorial plaques are destroyed. We cannot bear to see how disparagingly they began to treat the veterans of the Great Patriotic War in Ukraine – they are deliberately humiliated, veteran organizations ceased to be supported by the state. Even the Victory Day itself, on May 9, is cancelled – it is tried to be replaced by Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and it is celebrated on May 8. This change has a completely different meaning! They try to deprive our people of winning spirit, which was passed from grandfathers to fathers and grandchildren, the spirit that allowed us to survive when the Kiev regime used armed forces against the peaceful inhabitants of Donbass, who did not put up with a coup d’état in Ukraine. The militias, now members of the DPR army, had stopped an attack and continued to resist the aggression of the AFU, confident that grandfathers won and we would win.
Patriotism, fidelity to Motherland, its traditions and origins are not abstract notions for the citizens of the DPR. Unfortunately, our children know about war for a fact and, probably, that is why they find an interest in the Great Patriotic War. We hold actions and events dedicated to its history not only on May 9 or September 8, the Day of Liberation of Donbass, but throughout the year. Opportunities increased, when public interaction with the regions of the Russian Federation had become systemic, with the support of the Russian Centre, which started to work in Donetsk at the end of last year.
Our high schoolers has taken part in an all-Russian military-historical forum entitled “Alexander’s Banner” in Saint-Petersburg recently and won a number of historical quizzes and brought the Alexander’s Banner to the Republic as a reward. It is not an isolated example, but a tendency, when people tell us that our children, who take part in different events in Russia and strive to victory with persistence, are great patriots and purpose-driven young people.
It is our duty to pass the spirit of the victorious defenders to our next generation, to do everything possible to educate young people as true patriots, for whom victory in the Great Patriotic War will be as revered as it is for us.
In this regard, it seems important that not only our children go to the Russian Federation, but, on the contrary, the citizens of Russia visit the DPR, of course, with full confidence in the safety of such visits.
We witnessed more than once, when we brought our guests to a sacred place for every citizen of the DPR – Saur-Mogila, and how it impressed them. There were sanguinary battles over this burial mound during the Great Patriotic War. Ukrainian artillery attempted to push militia out of the highest point of the Donetsk ridge, but also to destroy the memory of the victory, aiming at the memorial, which was erected in the middle of the last century as a symbol of high price of the liberation of Donbass from German fascists. Alleys led to the obelisk and one of which was made by the representatives of the Soviet Union’s hero cities.
Now all sculptural constructions of the complex are bullet- and shrapnel-riddled, and 36-metre high stele at the top of the barrow, has been destroyed by artillery of the Ukrainian army. Wounded trees silently testify of the sanguinary battles of 2014.
The Russian Centre invites the representatives of the Soviet Union’s hero cities, on the eve of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Donbass, to restore the alley, planting trees in this sacred place.
I think this is crucial, because, in this way, we pay a well-deserved tribute to those who shed their blood in the battles for Donbass on Saur-Mogila in 1943, and those who repeated the feat of fathers and grandfathers in 2014. In fact, it is a demonstration of a joint contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic War, a firm assurance that no one will be able to discredit the outcome of the Second World War and to be disrespectful to the memory of the Great Victory,ʺ Denis Pushilin said.
The Conference “Cultural space of the peoples of Russia and Donbass” allowed the participants to strengthen working and friendly relations, to present their experience for the period of conducting integration processes in the format of live communication and discussions. The delegates made presentations in three profile sections: “The Russian world and the problems of falsification of the history of the Second World War”, “The ethno-cultural interaction and cooperation in the humanitarian sphere”, “The interaction and realization of projects in the youth sphere”.