Ukrainian Medals Awarded to Armenian Veterans of Great Patriotic War

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On August 18–Ukrainian Ambassador to Armenia Alexander Bozhko awarded medals of "Defender of the Fatherland" to 73 veterans of the Great Patriotic War who participated in the liberation of Ukraine. "Much has been said and written about the Great Patriotic War–but it is only veterans who know the price of the victory," Bozhko said. The Ukrainian ambassador pointed out that despite the fact that we are residing in different states now–relations with veterans are maintained.

In the battles for Ukraine–the 409th Armenian infantry division distinguished itself.

Outlining the history of the division–the Chairman of the Council of the veterans of the 409th division Alexander Isahakian said that it was formed in Armenia at the beginning of December 1942. 90 percent of the 16,000 soldiers were Armenia’s. The division’s first battle was near Mozdok. After the liberation of the North Caucasus–the division moved to Ukraine and liberated a number of populated areas in the Voroshilovgrad region. The division distinguished itself in the battles for a strategic section of the Kharkov-lozovaya branch–blocking the way to the enemy’s echelons with ammunition. Later–the division distinguished itself in the battles on the right shore of the Dnieper. For the liberation of Kirovograd the division was named Kirovogradskaya by the order of the Commander-in-Chief. For the liberation of the strategic populated area Novoukrainka and the junction station Pomoshchnaya the division was awarded the Order of Bagdan Khmelnitski. The division continued its glorious way in Moldavia–Hungary–Romania–Austria and Czechoslovakia. For the liberation of Bratislava the division was also named Bratislavskaya. The division finished its way near Prague on May 16–after the capitulation of the fascist Germany.

The veterans thanked the Ukrainian Embassy–pointing out that they always felt the support of the fraternal Ukrainian people.

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