MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Every year on February 15, Russia celebrates the Day of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. In 1989, the government of the Soviet Union finally withdrew a limited contingent of troops from the territory of this state. This terrible war, which was initially silent, brought grief and pain to many families.
On the eve of the memorable date, representatives of the two departments and participants in the Afghan events visited the secondary school No. 7 in Kostroma.
The event began with a solemn laying of flowers at the memorial plaque to the hero of the Afghan war, Yevgeny Ermakov. Yevgeny Lvovich was a captain of the internal service and died in 1982 while rescuing young soldiers.
Valery Pavlovich Petrov, Yuri Pavlovich Danshin, Yuri Vladimirovich Shestakov and Kira Mikhailovna Ermakova told about his feat, as well as the feat of other heroes, to students in grades 9 and 10.
Valery Petrovich, on whose chest the medal “From the grateful Afghan people” shines, was a member of the special operational unit of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs “Cobalt”, about whose work very little was known until recently. The veteran told the guys about special operations, as well as about the heroism of Russian soldiers, who, not sparing their lives, defended the honor of their country. Valery Petrovich, with tears in his eyes, also talked about the feat of not only his colleague, but also his friend – Yevgeny Lvovich Ermakov.
“On August 11, 1982, near Kandahar, a division of Soviet troops, which included Captain Yermakov, carried out a combat mission and was surrounded by superior enemy forces. The commander was killed. Eugene took over the command. The officer organized a perimeter defense, and then a breakthrough from the encirclement. Covering the retreat of young soldiers with his fire, the Kostroma hero took over the main enemy fire, ”recalls Valery Petrovich that fateful day.
Kira Mikhailovna Ermakova, Yevgeny Lvovich’s niece, shared her memories of her uncle, who could not go, stay at home, because there are two small children at home. But the hero flatly refused, saying that it was his duty. Kira Mikhailovna is a current employee of correctional colony No. 3, who, like her uncle once, chose to serve the Fatherland.
During the Afghan war, Yuri Pavlovich Danshin was a member of the sappers of the airborne troops, who played one of the key roles. He also told the students about the specifics of his unit, how he and his comrades wrote letters to their relatives, and how long they got used to ordinary life after the war.
Yuri Shestakov, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Veterans of the Internal Affairs and Internal Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Kostroma Region, prepared a video for the children about the events of those war years, historical episodes and facts of the Afghan war, noting that our fellow countrymen defended the interests of the Motherland at the cost of their lives.
The schoolchildren did not stand aside and prepared handmade memorable cards for the participants of the meeting.
Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Kostroma Region
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