A ceremony to rebury the remains of 28 Ukrainian aggression victims has taken place in the Kiselyovskoye cemetery in Pervomaisk.
The remains were retrieved from a makeshift grave in Pervomaisk by representatives of the inter-departmental working group on the search for burial sites of Ukrainian aggression victims, their identification and perpetration of their memory.The group was set up pursuant to a decree by LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik.
The ceremony was attended by Marina Filippova, an aide to the LPR leader, DPR parliament member Svetlana Alyoshina, Pervomaisk mayor, chairman of the regional branch of the Mir Luganschine social movement Nikolay Tokarev, Public Chamber members, Pervomaisk administration officials, Memorial social organization activists, Cossacks and activists from a majority of LPR districts.
“Today, the Donbass land receives its sons and daughters who died an early death. This does not make us weaker, we become stronger because we have to not only remember it, but also find out the name of each victim, in order to call to account the Ukrainian criminals who presumed to destroy the civilian population of our towns,” said Filippova as she opened the mourning rally.
She said that “tremendous work had to be carried though to learn the names of all war crime victims killed by Ukrainian gunmen.”
“The head of Republic gave us this task, and this is what our conscience and our memory command us to do. We have no right to forget a single innocent person who suffered during these horrible events,” the aide said.
Tokarev said that the town morgue and forensic laboratory had been destroyed in shelling by Kiev forces in July 2014, so townsfolk buried their relatives in yards. The unidentified bodies found in the streets were taken by militiamen and the town funeral service to locations next to the Pervomaisk cemetery for burial.
He thanked those who help in the search for and exhumation of victims’ remains “for this very important work that brings moral and physical challenges.”
“As a witness of those terrible events, I can say with certainty that Pervomaisk paid a high price for its freedom. The terrible and hot summer of 2014 will never fade in our memory, we’ll never forgive the Ukrainian fascists the murder and mutilation of civilians, the demolished homes and settlements,” the Pervomaisk mayor said.
He said that a memorial would be installed at the site after reburial of the last victim, to become “a place of commemoration of all those who were killed as a result of Ukraine’s hostilities against Donbass civilians.”
Parliamentarian Svetlana Alyoshina called for “remembering, honoring and loving the native land and its history for the sake of next generations.”
Memorial social organization representative, LPR Public Chamber member Sergey Belov said that the interdepartmental group had retrieved the remains of 68 people since August. Of those, 58 were exhumed in the Kiselyovskoye cemetery area.
“We found out during early works that at least 12 people had been interred there.” It’s a terrible figure which shows the horror of that war where people had no opportunity to take shelter from strikes or properly bury their kin. This is the reintegration Ukraine had prepared for Donbass; we bow down to those who stood up in defense of our region, because we would have had the same fate,” the activist said.
He urged LPR residents to “build a worthy Republic, so that we could always say that all these victims have not been in vain.”
“Thirty people have been re-buried; another 28 have been reburied today. How many more victims including children, women and old people lie in our long-suffering land? I’m confident that all will be properly buried according to the orthodox rite. Time will come when the crosses will bear names, not numbers and every resident will be able come and give a bow to them,” Public Chamber member Natalia Mikhailova said.
Earlier, the working group urged the people whose relative went missing in the course of the Ukrainian aggression to take DNA tests.
The first exhumation of a Ukrainian aggression victim by the working group took place in the village of Sabovka, Slavyanoserbsk district, on August 11. As of August 31, remains of 40 people had been retrieved from graves in the Slavyanoserbsk and Pervomaisk districts. On September 3, the working group reported the exhumation of another 28 Ukrainian aggression victims from a grave in Pervomaisk. *i*b