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DPR Head at Republic's Army Corps anniversary celebration: Our border is locked down!

Alexander Zakharchenko attended a solemn event devoted to the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of forming the DPR First Army Corps. On November 24 a solemn event took place in Donetsk Academy Theater of Opera and Ballet devoted to the second anniversary of the DPR Army formation.

Created on the basis of various militia units the First Military Corps was officially formed on 12 November 2014. It became a ground and core of Armed Forces of the Donetsk People`s Republic. On November 24 the event at theater was attended by veterans and acting fighters of corps, officers and soldiers of the DPR Armed Forces and security agencies of Republic. During the event the commanders and Army fighters were awarded with medals and certificates. The congratulatory words were presented by the DPR Minister of Defense Vladimir Kononov, corps commanders, the leaders of security agencies.

A celebratory concert followed the event.

After the official part the servicemen lined up in theater foyer where the Head of Donetsk People`s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko awarded the lieutenant Ekaterina Panfilova with “Star of the DPR Hero”. Addressing the soldiers the Head stressed the most important role of Army in the Donetsk People`s Republic forming and underlined heroism and courage of officers and soldiers of the DPR Army.

“During the Great Patriotic War 17 nurses were awarded with the order of“Soviet Union Hero”who carried the injured soldiers on their shoulders from the battle field. This fragile girl saved dozens of lives of our fighters and she deserves this award. Till our Army has such heroes, the Ukrainians should forget about Debaltsevo, forget about Donetsk People`s Republic - our border is locked down,” told Alexander Zakharchenko.

Ekaterina Panfilova herself was surprised by the award. She has been serving in the militia first, than in the DPR First Army Corps since the beginning of the war in Donbass. She went through Uglegorsk, Debaltsevo, Peski, and the last fights in which the lieutenant participated were in the Avdeyevka industrial zone.

DONi News Agency

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