Flowers to the fallen heroes: the public and the leadership of South Ossetia honored the memory of the victims of the Georgian aggression

Fri, 07/08/2020 - 21:52

Representatives of the public and the leadership of South Ossetia, headed by President Anatoly Bibilov, laid wreaths and flowers at the Poklonniy Cross at the shot barracks of Russian peacekeepers, which is located on the southern outskirts of Tskhinval - near the border with Georgia. On the night of August 7-8, the Russian peacekeepers were the first to receive the attack of the aggressor.

President Anatoly Bibilov, Prime Minister Erik Pukhaev, Speaker of Parliament Alan Tadtaev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of South Ossetia Marat Kulakhmetov, and other officials, as well as servicemen and members of the public came to honor the memory of the diseased Russian peacekeepers.

In memory of the diseased, gunfire sounded, and the funeral music did not stop.

Participants of the commemorative events laid flowers at the monument to the Hero of Russia Denis Vetchinov, which was installed at the place where he died. Vetchinov in August 2008 organized the defense and the withdrawal of the unit entrusted to him, and already being wounded at the cost of his own life, he brought out of fire a group of journalists working in the region at that time. He received the title of Hero posthumously.

Flowers were laid at the monument to the commander of the artillery reconnaissance platoon of the artillery battalion of the Ministry of Defense of South Ossetia Oleg Galavanov, who is also located on the territory of the peacekeeping camp. In August 2008, a 32-year-old lieutenant from the roof of the Russian peacekeeping battalion building on the southern outskirts of the capital was adjusting gunnery fire. Galavanov died at a combat post, receiving numerous wounds.

Residents of the Republic, led by the country's leadership, laid wreaths and flowers at the "Tree of Sorrow" - a monument to the "Museum of Burnt Souls". A memorial service "for the innocent victims" was held here and candles were lit in memory of the victims.

The Museum of Burnt Souls is located in the village of Tbet, at the entrance to the Zar road - the only road that led from Tskhinval to Russia in August 2008. It is located in the open air and is a circle of wrecked cars that came under fire along with refugees who tried to leave the city during the bombing.

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