Heroes of the special operation “Z”: dentist Petrov liberates Donbass with a machine gun in his hands.

We continue to introduce the heroes of the special operation

We continue to introduce the heroes of the special operation “Z”

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We continue to acquaint with the heroes of the special operation “Z” – participants in the hostilities in the Donbass. Sergeants, corporals and officers who showed their professional experience, character and completed combat missions. Their determination, assertiveness and combat experience in the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the People’s Militia of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are highly appreciated.

“Generosity is proper to the winner,” Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov told the soldiers. And the Russian commander remarked: “Suspicion is the mother of wisdom.”

Russian Armed Forces Sergeant Artem Lukyanchenko

Russian Armed Forces Sergeant Artem Lukyanchenko


Sergeant of the Russian Armed Forces Artem Lukyanchenko

“Sergeant Artem Lukyanchenko, acting as part of the head patrol, carried out the task of ensuring the safety of the movement of the column of the battalion-tactical group of Russian paratroopers to a given area. Moving along the route, Artem discovered on one of the branches of the road an armed formation of Ukrainian nationalists, numbering up to 10 people, who were preparing an attack on Russian units. Having assessed the situation, having reported to the main forces of the column about the impending ambush, Artem, using the effect of surprise, attacked the Ukrainian militants with patrol forces.

During the battle, the enemy blew up an airborne combat vehicle with a grenade launcher. With bold and decisive actions, Sergeant Artem Lukyanchenko urgently evacuated the crew from the burning car and provided them with first aid, which saved their lives. Thanks to the skillfully built fire system by Artem Lukyanchenko, taking into account the terrain, a group of nationalists was destroyed, which allowed the BTGr column to arrive in a given area in a timely manner.”

Chief of Staff of the Infantry Battalion of the 2nd Army Corps of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic, Major Pavel Maksimov

Chief of Staff of the Infantry Battalion of the 2nd Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Major Pavel Maksimov


Major LNR Pavel Maksimov

“Pavel Maximov has been in military service in the people’s militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic since 2014. He started in the artillery, then was on staff work. Two weeks before the start of the special military operation, Maksimov retired, but the well-deserved rest was short-lived. From the first days of the SVO, the officer returned to serve as chief of staff of an infantry battalion, which consists of reservists. The unit took part in several operations to liberate the settlements of the LPR, which were under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including Svetlodarsk.

Major Maksimov considers the battle for the Uglegorsk TPP to be one of the most difficult episodes of the Northern Military District for his subordinates, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine concentrated a huge amount of manpower and equipment, equipped fortified areas with firing points.

With the joint efforts of the allied forces, with the support of artillery and aviation, the enemy’s defenses were hacked, and the LPR servicemen took control of the important object. In this battle, the subordinates of Pavel Maksimov destroyed several units of enemy military equipment and a large amount of enemy manpower.

Paramedic of the Medical Detachment of the 1st Army Corps of the People's Militia of the Donetsk People's Republic Maxim Perov

Paramedic of the Medical Detachment of the 1st Army Corps of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic Maxim Perov


Private DPR Maxim Petrov

“Maxim Perov in civilian life was in charge of the dental department of the city hospital. From the first days of the special military operation in the ranks of volunteers, he has been helping the allied forces to liberate Donbass. He says that, having changed his white coat to a field uniform, at first he felt unusual, but later he quickly got used to it. He began to serve in Kherson, where he served at checkpoints at the entrance to the city with weapons in his hands. I had to give first aid to the wounded. Later, Maxim Perov was seconded to the medical unit, where he now does what he does best – treat people. Among his patients are both military personnel who come to the doctor from the front line, and civilians who need qualified medical care.”


The Russian Military Historical Society has announced a creative competition for the best artistic concept of the design of the monument to Catherine II, which is planned to be installed in Kherson.

Draft designs of the future monument are accepted until September 5, 2022.

The regulation on the competition says that the sculpture should reveal the image of Catherine II as the “mother of the empire” and the successor of the deeds and ideas of Peter the Great, who managed to defend the conquests of Russia in the Baltic and “become a firm foot” at the Black Sea. A prerequisite is the binding to specific historical events related to the reign of Catherine II.

– We owe the foundation of the city of Kherson, in which the most important port was located, to Catherine II and the outstanding statesman Grigory Potemkin. In June 1778, her Decree was issued, and in October the shipyard was already laid, from where the first ships soon left. Moreover, the population for the construction of the shipyard was sent from all regions of Russia. There were Russians, Little Russians, Tatars, Belarusians. Foreign experts also participated: Germans, French, British, Greeks. And in general, the cities of Novorossiya were built initially as multinational ones.

England and France closely followed the construction, fearing the strengthening of Russia in the Black Sea. And there were even scouts with whom we had to fight in order to eliminate the danger of the destruction of our new cities and shipyards. Everyone was surprised at how quickly and powerfully new cities were being built. Everything was built according to the master plan not only in Kherson, but also in Nikolaev, Mariupol, Melitopol, Odessa and other cities. Outstanding specialists and Russian architects were involved. A city plan was developed, taking into account where the administration, educational institutions, and cultural facilities would be located, – said Mikhail Myagkov, Scientific Director of the Russian Military Historical Society.

According to Mikhail Myagkov, the construction of Kherson was associated with a number of difficulties.

– The city was built at the mouth of the Dnieper and the Dnieper estuary, there was a swampy area. We had to fight malaria, plague and other diseases. There were also doctors, quarantine measures were taken. The former peasants who stayed there studied working specialties. By the joint efforts of all the peoples of the Russian Empire, New Russia, a flourishing land, was built. If St. Petersburg, built on swamps, was called the Northern Palmyra, then the Southern Russian Palmyra arose here. When Catherine II already in 1987 was traveling through the South of Russia, she saw how Novorossia was being built and strengthened. Moreover, there were foreigners with the Empress who were delighted with the fruits of the activities of people from all over Russia, Mikhail Myagkov said.

The date of the erection of the monument has not yet been disclosed. As the Scientific Director of the RVIO noted, the monument should combine the best classical architectural traditions and be understandable to every person.

The monument can be either a one-figure or a multi-figure ensemble, where, in addition to the empress, there will be images of her entourage: S.V. Saltykov, G.G. Orlov, G.A. Potemkin-Tavrichesky, A.V. Suvorov and F.F. Ushakov.

*** Full terms and conditions of the competition can be found in the Rules of the Competition.


It was by decrees of Catherine II that all the largest cities of the Novorossiysk Territory were founded, including the Dnieper (formerly Yekaterinoslav), Odessa and Kherson.

Potemkin managed the newly acquired lands from Kherson. Ships for the Black Sea Fleet were built here, which so surprised foreign guests during the empress’s famous journey to the Crimea in 1787.

Only 9 years passed between the foundation of Kherson and the visit of the Empress to the city, but it was Kherson that most of all impressed both Catherine and her high-ranking guests – Emperor Joseph II and the French ambassador Count Segur.

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