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Volgograd youth soldiers took part in the ceremony of burial of the pilot of the Red Army, a native of Stalingrad, Alexei Kupchenko. As deputy squadron commander, the lieutenant died in an air battle near the Chascha station of the Leningrad Region in the very first days of the war – June 27, 1941.

The return of the hero’s ashes to their native land became possible thanks to the work of search engines. The soldiers did a great job with archival documents, which allowed the return of the name to the fearless pilot, who entered into an unequal battle with the battle-hardened aces of the Luftwaffe.

“The war cannot be considered over until the last dead soldier is buried. This is exactly what the great Russian commander Alexander Suvorov said. Based on this truth, we continue to search for the remains of the dead Red Army soldiers, find out their fate, the circumstances of their death, and just names. After all, many of them, for various reasons, did not take soldiers’ medallions into battle, ”said Denis Kharitonov, head of the Volgograd regional headquarters of the Youth Army.

According to him, it is important for all relatives without exception that the hero of their family returned from oblivion, found a resting place to which one can come and bow, thank for life.

“We, in the Yunarmiya movement, are aware that this is the direct link between generations. At the same time, we say what the war is like, how terrible it is, and that the very possibility of its repetition should not be allowed. It is gratifying to see that the Yunarmey themselves show a keen interest in this activity, actively work both in the fields and in the archives, create museums of military glory in their educational institutions, which undoubtedly is aimed at strengthening the historical memory, ”stressed the leader of the Youth Army, Olympic champion Nikita Upland.

All the information found about the feat, as well as archival photographs and personal belongings of the lieutenant, the search engines handed over to the relatives of the deceased hero – his son and granddaughter.

The burial of the hero took place in compliance with all military honors. At the same time, in memory of Lieutenant Kupchenko, two SU-24 front-line bombers flew over his grave.

The farewell ceremony was attended by the young soldiers of the Gorodishchensky district – representatives of the Zastava detachment of the Rossoshinsky secondary school, which also bears the name of the pilot – Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan Bibishev, who died in the battles near Stalingrad. The children, frozen in the guard of honor, paid tribute to the memory of all the defenders of the Fatherland who died on behalf of the entire youth army movement.

The Rossoshinskoye military memorial cemetery of Soviet soldiers who died at Stalingrad during the Great Patriotic War was opened on August 23, 1997. On this day, the remains of 808 soldiers and officers of the Red Army, who died in battles on the territory of the modern Volgograd region, were buried. During the entire existence of the memorial, almost 20 thousand defenders of the stronghold on the Volga found peace here.

Recall that the All-Russian youth military-patriotic movement Yunarmiya was created in 2016 at the initiative of the Ministry of Defense and with the support of the President of Russia. Now there are more than 900 thousand participants in its ranks. The main task of the movement is patriotic education, as well as the physical, intellectual and social development of young people.

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