The restored Saur-Mogila memorial, which was destroyed in the summer of 2014, was opened in the DPR. Putin said that this is a warning to those who “renounced their ancestors” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
President Vladimir Putin made a video message on the opening of the reconstructed memorial dedicated to the defenders of Donbass during the Great Patriotic War,— «Saur-Mogila». In it, he called the restoration of the memorial a warning to those who “renounced their ancestors and forgot the lessons of history.”
“With pain in our hearts, we see how in some countries they demolish monuments to Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom of their own peoples, how they mock history, cynically betray their own fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers,— he said.— For Russia, all this is unthinkable. We— flesh of the flesh of our heroes. And the reconstruction of the memorial to the defenders of Donbass, the courage of our soldiers, officers and militias— this is a warning to all who have renounced their ancestors and forgotten the lessons of history.
The first memorial complex on the Saur-Mogila barrow was erected after the Great Patriotic War. It was a six-meter limestone pyramid crowned with a red star. In 1967, the complex was rebuilt and an obelisk, lined with granite, was installed. Inside the obelisk there was a room of military glory. At the foot of the obelisk, a sculpture of a Soviet soldier 9 meters high was installed. Later, the Eternal Flame was lit at the feet of the soldier.
The memorial was almost completely destroyed in the summer of 2014 during the fighting between the forces of the DPR and the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In a video message, Putin also stressed the importance of restoring Saur-Mogila. He recalled that the operation to liberate Donbass, including the height on which Saur-Mogila is now located, has become the “important springboard” during the offensive of the Red Army in the summer of 1943. According to him, this operation played a huge role in the radical change in the course of the Great Patriotic War.
“Saur-Mogila, like Sapun-gora, Mamaev Kurgan, became great shrines for us, for which our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers stood to death. That is why it was so important to restore the memorial complex erected here in 1967,— he explained.
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The opening of the memorial complex was timed to coincide with the Day of the Liberation of Donbass from Nazi invaders, which is celebrated on September 8th. On this day in 1943, Donetsk was liberated, which was then called Stalino. Kurgan Saur-Mogila was one of the main points of the line of fortifications of the German troops, behind which there were fierce battles.
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politician, President of Russia
October 7, 1952
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