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A veteran of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps, the Colonel of the Czech army retired, Jan Ignatik


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A veteran of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps, the Colonel of the Czech army retired, Jan Ignatik


HLUCIN /Czech Republic/, April 29. /TASS/. At the memorial cemetery of the red army in the town of Hlucin in Northern Moravia (northeastern Czech Republic) held a mourning ceremony of burial of the remains of the crew of a Soviet attack aircraft Il-2.


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Lieutenant Agathon Tezikov and ordinary Pavel Vasilyev died 15 April 1945 in a combat job in the offensive Moravian Ostrava operation of the red Army. To honor the memory of the heroes came to the Czech veterans of the Second world war, representatives of regional and municipal authorities, political parties, public associations, inhabitants of the Hlučín, among whom were many students, but also compatriots and Russian diplomats.

“The oldest inhabitants of the Hlučín remember heavy fighting that led the Red Army against the Nazis in the city and on the outskirts in the spring of 1945. All of the Hlučín population from small to large, and this is 14 thousand citizens, with much gratitude I remember the liberators. For us is a great honor to care for one of the largest in the Czech Republic memorial cemetery of the red army, which here are buried more than three thousand”, – told the correspondent of TASS, the mayor Hlučín, Paul paszek.

The names of the Soviet pilots had established Czech search engines

He stressed that the names of many of the nearly 23 thousand red army soldiers who died in the spring of 1945 in Northern Moravia, are still not established. Thanks to Czech the search engines of the “club of friends Suchdol nad odrą”, exploring the wreckage of the Il-2 was able to establish, she was his crew.

Fallen brothers-in-arms came to honor the man who fought with them side by side Czech veterans-veterans. “Eternal glory to the Soviet pilots who gave their lives for our freedom and happy future for our children and grandchildren. It was full of courage, fearless and selfless soldiers, came to us to strangle the fascist vermin. They were very far from his home. Now our Czech land became for them a native land, where they will lie forever, and we, the Czechs, will they ever say thank you,” said the correspondent of TASS, a veteran of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps, the Colonel of the Czech army retired, Jan Ignatik.


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The veteran, who will soon be 96 years old, strongly condemned attempts to revise the history of world war II and diminish the Soviet role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. “Freedom from Nazism came to us from the East, from Russia, not from the West, where the advancing allies. Those who claim the opposite, desecrate the memory of millions of such heroes, as was Agathon Tezikov and Pavel Vasiliev,” said Ian Ignatik.

Over the fresh grave, where were buried the remains of the pilots heroes, held a Requiem service by the Abbot of an Orthodox Church the Nativity of the virgin in the town Ostrava (North Moravia) Nikolai Popov. The honor guard soldiers of the Czech army and the activists of local military – historical clubs made of Soviet small arms of world war II triple shot into the air.

Memorial cemetery of the red army in Hlucin is the largest of the Soviet burial of the Second world war in Northern Moravia. In 1946 it was brought exhumed the remains of soldiers of the 59 places of Moravia and Silesia. Its architectural centrepiece is a massive stone obelisk with the image of a sickle and five-pointed star. Behind the obelisk there are two mass graves of red army soldiers where buried 1556 and 1657 fighters. In front of the Central monument is a row of small monuments on single graves with information about each soldier lying there.

In the Czech Republic reverently safeguard the graves of soldiers-liberators

To the monument laid wreaths compatriots and Russian diplomats headed by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic Alexander Zmeevsky. “It’s hard to say where else with such attention, as in the Czech Republic belong to the graves of Soviet and Russian soldiers. It is expensive. We are very grateful to the Czech people and the Czech authorities in this respect”, – said in an interview with corrcspondence TASS, the head of the Russian diplomatic mission.

April 28, a ceremony of respect of memory of the Soviet soldiers was also held at the National world war II Museum in Grabina near the city of Opava (North Moravia). Wreaths were laid to the monument to the first Soviet tank, which the Nazis occupied the metropolis in the region – Ostrava, April 30, 1945.