MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On July 16, 2021, servicemen of the Kamyshinsky Separate Guards Airborne Assault Order of the Patriotic War I degree of the Don Cossack Formation laid flowers at the monument, heroically killed in the 6th company of the Pskov paratroopers of the Guard of Senior Lieutenant, Hero of Russia Alexander Kolgatin.
Alexander Kolgatin died, blowing himself up and the bandits who surrounded him with a grenade at an altitude of 776.0 near Ulus-Kert in the Chechen Republic, where the 6th company of Pskov paratroopers took an unequal battle with many times superior forces of terrorists.
“Today we have come to honor the memory and lay fresh flowers at the monument to the guard senior lieutenant Alexander Kolgatin. Those who live now owe their lives to those who defended their Fatherland with their bosom and gave their lives for the freedom and independence of our Motherland, ”said Major Alexander Ivlev, deputy commander of the airborne assault battalion for military-political work, at the flower-laying ceremony.
A native of Kamyshin, platoon commander Alexander Kolgatin was 24 years old.
On the night of February 29 to March 1, 2000, the sixth company of the 104th regiment of the Pskov Airborne Division took a battle in the Argun Gorge, at an altitude of 776.0.
Ninety paratroopers blocked the path of more than two and a half thousand militants led by Basayev and Khattab.
The battle began on February 29th. The paratroopers did not flinch, did not retreat and completed their military duty to the end, at the cost of their lives they blocked the enemy’s path. Then, near the Chechen village of Ulus-Kert, almost the entire sixth company of the 104th parachute regiment died in an unequal confrontation. The paratroopers repelled continuous attacks by armed militants for almost twenty hours. As a result of the attack, 84 Russian servicemen were killed, and only six survived.
By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of March 12, 2000, 22 paratroopers (21 – posthumously) were awarded the title of Hero of Russia. 68 (63 – posthumously) were awarded the Orders of Courage.
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