On September 8, a festive fireworks thundered over the Saur-Mogila memorial complex to mark the 78th anniversary of the liberation of Donbass from the Nazis. More than five thousand participants in hostilities took part in the celebrations: veterans of the Great Patriotic War, the war in Afghanistan, the Chechen and Georgian-Abkhaz wars, armed conflicts in Transnistria, South Ossetia and, of course, the war in Donbass, during which a new generation of Russian heroes got in the way of the new fascists.
After laying flowers at the Eternal Flame and the graves of the fallen defenders of the young republic, the alley “To the Fallen Defenders of the Fatherland” was landed: more than 500 trees brought from different parts of Russia. This is not just a tribute to the memory of the fallen, but also a symbol of the inseparability of the Russian Donbass from Russia and the Russian world, no matter how the current Ukrainian authorities try to assert the opposite.
The events were attended by the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Andrei Turchak, the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik, the president of the Republic of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, the chairman of the board of the SDV, Hero of the DPR, the first prime minister of the DPR Alexander Borodai, executive director of the Society for Assistance to the Russian historical development “Tsargrad”, the first Minister of State Security of the DPR Andrei Pinchuk, as well as the chairman of the Society for Assistance to Russian Historical Development “Tsargrad” Konstantin Malofeev, who formulated the essence of what is happening:
This day is significant. Because on this day Donbass was freed from the Nazi invaders – both in the Great Patriotic War and in the new war in Donbass. Therefore, this is the place of our power, this is the place of power of Donbass, this is the place of power of all of Russia, of the entire Russian world … I think that Donbass will be in Russia. And this will happen not with your grandchildren and children, but even during our lifetime, and much faster than we think.
This is how it was in our history. For the first time, Saur-Mogila became the arena of fierce battles in 1943. The Germans built there an echeloned line of defense 11 kilometers deep and 45-50 km long, with a saturation of bunkers and bunkers of 20-30 per square kilometer – the so-called. “Mix-Front”, which the advancing Red Army had to storm in July 1943 during the Donbass offensive operation, which began almost simultaneously with the Battle of Kursk. Saur-Mogila changed hands several times: for the sake of keeping it, the Germans transferred elite tank formations and aircraft even from near Kursk. From 18 to 31 August in the area of the steppe mound, three regiments of the 5th Shock Army went on an assault, which, at the cost of heavy losses, nevertheless captured the height, after which the entire army of Manstein was forced to retreat to the west.
In memory of these events, a memorial complex “Saur-Mogila” was created in 1967, a visit to which on Victory Day on May 9 and the Day of Donbass Liberation on September 8 became almost mandatory for the local residents. But who would have thought then that in less than half a century this place would again become the site of battles with new fascists?
Once again, Saur-Mogila became a key point of the battles for Donbass in July 2014, when, after a heroic defense, Slavyansk was abandoned, and after it Kramatorsk, Druzhkovka, Konstantinovka and Artyomovsk fell. The triumphant Ukrainian Armed Forces approached Donetsk from the west at a distance of a shot from the “Grad”. And then Donbass militias stood in their way at the height of Saur-Mogila. There were not many of them – about 30-40 fighters constantly fought, against which sometimes up to 15 tanks came out at the same time. True, in terms of fortification, they prepared the height for defense fairly: trenches, firing points, artillery, incl. anti-tank. The battles were serious – taking the height became a matter of principle for the Ukrainian warriors, and for many of them these “principles” cost their lives: in a hopeless situation, the defenders of the mound more than once called artillery fire on themselves.
Saur-Mogila became, as it were, a connecting bridge between these two generations of Russian heroes. As the head of the Union of Donbass Volunteers (UDV) and former DPR Prime Minister Alexander Borodai noted:
The best proof that Russia did not abandon Donbass is those graves here on this hill. Where both local militias and volunteers who came from all over the greater Russia lie. And Saur-Mogila is a symbol of our common, Donbass and all of Russia, albeit small, partial, but victory. But I want to tell you that the dead, those who lie here, they did their job. And we are not yet.
He is right: there is still a lot to be done. Ukraine – this integral part of the Russian world – cannot and should not forever remain a semi-colony of the West, renouncing its Russian essence and glorifying fascist henchmen as heroes. This means that the main struggle is still ahead. And we have no right not to win in it, because “we are Russians – God is with us!”
Photo: TV Channel Tsargrad