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Participants of the ski crossing in honor of the 80th anniversary of the Vyazemsky airborne operation of 1942, having overcome more than 200 kilometers, arrived in the city of Ruza, Moscow Region.

During the Great Patriotic War, from October 25, 1941 to January 17, 1942, the city and its environs were occupied by Wehrmacht troops. On the territory of the Ruza region, the Soviet underground and partisan detachments operated, which carried out sabotage against the Nazi invaders.

Servicemen of the Airborne Forces, representatives of the city administration, veterans of the Airborne Forces, schoolchildren and youth members paid tribute to the memory of the fallen defenders of the Fatherland, laid flowers at the Eternal Flame and the monument to Hero of the Soviet Union Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya.

On the square near the city House of Culture, a solemn rally and demonstration performances of paratroopers with a display of hand-to-hand combat techniques were held, after which the vocal and instrumental groups of the Airborne Forces gave a concert for the townspeople.

In total, the personnel of the Airborne Forces will cover more than 850 km on skis, along the route the military personnel will visit 16 cities. Each of them will host events dedicated to the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War.

The ski crossing started on January 27 in the Moscow region. It is attended by 80 paratroopers of the Tula formation of the Airborne Forces and the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelov. The paratroopers will ski across the Moscow, Kaluga, Smolensk and Tver regions.

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.

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