The head of the public movement “Forty Sorokov” Andrei Kormukhin told RIA Novosti that the car in which he and the commander of the Vostok battalion were Alexander Khodakovsky, hit a mine and came under fire on the way to the Nikolo-Vasilyevsky Monastery in the Volnovakhsky district in the DPR, the passengers were not injured.
“Forty Magpies” (DSS)— a Russian public movement positioning itself as a unifying platform for people of the Orthodox faith with an active civic position. The movement was created on June 1, 2013 by composer Andrei Kormukhin and athlete Vladimir Nosov. The events in Moscow's Torfyanka park and the protests against the film “Matilda” brought wide fame to the movement.
“Since 2015, we have been delivering humanitarian aid to the Donbass, and now we have brought quadrocopters. Battalion commander “Vostok” Alexander Khodakovsky offered to go to the Nikolo-Vasilyevsky Monastery, where the very famous elder Zosima preached. The monastery is under constant shelling, and we went to talk to the monks in order to make a decision about their evacuation. And in the immediate vicinity of the line of contact at the entrance to the monastery, two of our cars were blown up by mines, a drone hovered over us, then shelling began, and under the shells we had to change the wheel. Thank God no one was hurt»,— said Kormukhin.
According to him, it was not possible to get to the monastery, as not only the wheels, but also other parts of the car were damaged.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “denazification and demilitarization”; neighboring state, as well as protecting the population of Donbass from “genocide” from Kyiv. Ukraine, in response, introduced martial law and announced mobilization.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on March 13 that the village of Nikolskoye, where the Holy Dormition Nikolo-Vasilyevsky Monastery is located, was taken under control. Then the military department reported that during the liberation of the monastery, the hostages held by Ukrainian nationalists were released.
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