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As part of the military-patriotic work carried out during the joint strategic exercise West-2021, Russian paratroopers, at the invitation of the Belarusian side, conducted Lessons of Courage for senior pupils of two secondary schools in the Baranovichi district of the Brest region.

Servicemen of the Pskov Guards Airborne Assault Formation spoke about the feat of the paratroopers of the 6th company of the 104th Guards Airborne Regiment in 2000 in the Argun Gorge, at an altitude of 776.0.

Russian servicemen demonstrated to the schoolchildren the modern equipment of the Russian paratrooper and introduced them to the daily food ration (dry rations).

In conclusion, the students were shown the documentary video “Faith. Hope. Love. “, Dedicated to the feat of the 6th company, after which the Pskov paratroopers answered numerous questions from schoolchildren and adults.

In memory of their visit, the paratroopers donated books to the school leadership about the history of the Airborne Forces, the feat of the paratroopers of the 6th company of the 104th regiment of the Pskov Airborne Division.

The exercise on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus was attended by up to 200 thousand personnel, about 80 aircraft and helicopters, up to 760 units of military equipment, including 290 tanks, 240 guns, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars, up to 15 ships …

The maximum number of personnel involved in the exercise of military units subject to the Vienna Document 2011 on the territory of the Russian Federation did not exceed 6400 servicemen.

The return of military command and control bodies and troops to their permanent deployment points after participation in the exercise is planned until mid-October.

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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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