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In Podolsk near Moscow, participants in the ski crossing dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Vyazemsky airborne operation, together with representatives of the district and city administrations, paratrooper veterans, volunteers and Yunarmiya members, laid flowers and a garland of memory at the Eternal Flame of the memorial on Glory Square.

The ski crossing started yesterday, January 27, in Ramenskoye near Moscow near the Eternal Flame memorial. It is attended by 80 military personnel of the Tula Airborne Forces and the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelov. On skis, they will pass through the territory of the Moscow, Kaluga, Smolensk and Tver regions, where fierce battles took place 80 years ago. The military-patriotic action will end with a finish in the Patriot Park of Culture and Recreation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on February 11, 2022.

Speaking at the commemorative event, the head of the crossing, the deputy commander of the Tula Guards Airborne Force for military-political work, recalled: “The command of the Airborne Forces decided to conduct a ski crossing between January 27 and February 12 by the personnel of the Airborne Forces, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Vyazemsky airborne operation. The personnel will cover about 1000 km on skis and visit 16 cities. In each of them, similar actions will be held in memory of those heroes of the Great Patriotic War who laid down their lives, not sparing themselves on the battlefields for the sake of us and for the sake of a happy future.”

The participants of the transition have already covered the first 50 km. More than 800 km of the way is waiting for them ahead.

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During January-February 1942, 7373 people from the 9th and 214th airborne brigades were parachuted into the rear of the German troops in the area west of the city of Yukhnov. The aviation group created for the operation included 352 transport aircraft. In total, during the Vyazemsky airborne operation, more than 10 thousand paratroopers were dropped.

For more than five months, the paratroopers traveled over 600 km behind enemy lines, liberated about 200 settlements, destroyed up to 15 thousand enemy soldiers and officers, and disabled a lot of military equipment.

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