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The personnel of the separate engineer-sapper battalion of the Pskov Guards Airborne Assault Formation are constantly carrying out demining activities in the Pskov Region areas at the battlefield during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

After receiving information about the discovery of ammunition during the Great Patriotic War in the Sebezh fortified area in the Pskov region, the mine clearance group of a separate engineer battalion, together with the Forgotten Battalion search detachment, moved to the indicated area, where in the first days of the war our troops held back the advance of superior forces enemy, rushing towards Velikiye Luki and Opochka.

During the engineering reconnaissance of the fortified area, using the PPO-2I contact explosive device seeker, the remains of a Red Army soldier with two RG-33 grenades were found, who died here defending his homeland with weapons in his hands.

“In addition to our professional activities, by participating in such events, we make our significant contribution to the identification of all the dead Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of the Fatherland,” said senior lieutenant Vladimir Vedyashkin, commander of the guard’s demining group.

Previously, it was not known about the battles in the Sebezh fortified area, so in the first days of the war, its defenders were surrounded and everyone died, as a result of which they remained unknown for many decades.

Full-scale prospecting work here began in 2014, both in the long-term defensive structures themselves and in the adjacent territory, as a result of which the remains of 10 Soviet soldiers – defenders of one of the bunkers – were discovered in 2019.

Search work continues, annually identifying new Soviet soldiers who gave their lives for their homeland.

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