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The National Guard took custody of a 98-year-old veteran of the Great Patriotic War Haykaz Arakelovich Hovsepyan. Today he has already reunited with his family in Russia. But a few days ago, he literally survived under the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region.
“Rosguards learned about the veteran from local residents during public order activities. Member of the battle for the Caucasus and Stalingrad, holder of the Order of the Patriotic War 1st degree and the Red Banner of Labor, medals “For Courage”, “For the Defense of the Caucasus”, “For the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”, “For the capture of Budapest ” lived in one of the apartment buildings with his elderly daughter Olga. My wife passed away from covid at the height of the pandemic. The servicemen visited the veteran, brought food and found out what help was needed with the housework, and later took him under their care,” the National Guard said.
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On the example of Hovsepyan, who did not receive a pension for five months, which he used to receive in the mail, one can understand the situation in which many elderly people in Ukraine find themselves. The front-line soldier with his daughter was first helped by local residents, and then by Russian military personnel. They regularly collected food and medicine for the elderly and honored people.
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“During the shelling from the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which, as a rule, began at night or early in the morning, the front-line soldier could hardly go down to the basement, where, together with his neighbors, he sat for hours without electricity. Once, a fragment of a shell that exploded near the house broke his window. The inner part of the double-glazed window withstood the blow and the fragment remained lying between the panes, ”the footage showed in the National Guard.
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The character, hardened in the battles for the Fatherland during the Great Patriotic War, helped the veteran to withstand these tests.
– During the war years, he survived more than one bombing. He was wounded twice, but each time he returned to the front and continued to beat the enemy, – recalls Aikaz Arakelovich.
The front-line soldier told the National Guard about his military career during the Great Patriotic War: “On July 4, 1941, they brought a summons and sent junior aviation specialists to school. Already in the spring of 1942, due to the difficult situation in the Stalingrad direction, they were enlisted in the infantry battalion of the 43rd separate rifle brigade in the village of Puta near Baku. It took almost two months to get to the front. The enemy fired on trains, so often had to go on foot. The battalion, in which he served, received the task of defending the village of Ishcherskaya (Chechen Republic), where the Nazis rushed to the oil fields. In the battle near the farm, Kapustino was wounded – a bullet hit the jaw, knocked out his teeth. In plastunsky way, I got to the medical battalion, from where I was sent by an ambulance train to a hospital in Yerevan. I spent a month and a half there. Then there was training for six months in the 124th Infantry Regiment in Georgia, and from there in early July 1943 they were sent to Stalingrad. There, during the next enemy shelling, he received a shell shock and ended up in the hospital again.
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After the hospital, Aikaz Arakelovich graduated from signalmen courses and ended up in the newly formed 952nd separate communications battalion. He fought on the 1st Ukrainian Front, then his battalion was transferred to Romania.
“During the assault on the city of Turda, under continuous mortar fire, he repaired seven damage on the communication line, for which he was awarded the medal “For Courage”. After there was the liberation of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria. I met the victory in the Austrian city of Gleisdorf, ”says the front-line soldier and shows the soldiers of the Russian Guard a military map of the Hungarian People’s Republic of 1918, which he found in one of the captured enemy headquarters.
On it, with a red pencil, Hovsepyan traced the combat path of his unit. This path has become part of his long and interesting life.
Haykaz Arakelovich Hovsepyan was born on December 5, 1923 in the mountainous village of Sevkar in the Armenian SSR. He was the youngest of five children in the family. My father got a job in the oil field in Baku and moved his family there. After graduating from a technical school in the summer of 1941, the young man wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an oilman, but the war ruined his plans, and instead of studying, he went to the front. Participated in the battles for the Caucasus, the Battle of Stalingrad. After the second wound, he was sent to the 952nd separate communications battalion, in which he liberated Romania, Hungary and Austria, where he met victory in May 1945.
“After the war, he returned to Baku and graduated from the university. He began to work as a teacher of biology and chemistry in the city school number 154 named after. Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, which he graduated from before the war. He worked there for 34 years. At the end of the 80s of the last century, when interethnic conflicts began to flare up in the Caucasus, together with his wife he moved closer to his wife’s parents in Andreevka, Ukrainian SSR, and then to a neighboring city, ”said Hovsepyan.
Aikaz Arakelovich also told the military about his older brother, who defended Sevastopol as part of the Black Sea Fleet: “Repelling the attacks of the Nazis, he went hand-to-hand against the enemy. After the Germans still managed to take the city, the Red Navy with other defenders of Sevastopol reached the partisan detachment in the Crimean mountains at night. He died in May 1943.”
“From a conversation with a veteran, we learned that his son Stanislav lives in Russia. For a long time they did not see each other, as the son could not come to his father due to the restrictions imposed by Ukraine. Due to interruptions in communication, the relatives did not communicate for several months. We passed information about our son to a higher headquarters, and we managed to quickly find him. A few days later, the family was reunited – the long-awaited meeting of relatives took place on the border with Russia, where the front-line soldier and his daughter were taken in an armored car under cover,” the ministry said.
The Rosgvardeytsy issued all the necessary documents to the front-line soldier and his daughter. In Belgorod, Haykaz Arakelovich Hovsepyan was able to hug his son. The veteran’s family will be under the care of the regional department of the Russian Guard.
According to the latest information from the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of Russia for Humanitarian Response, over the past 24 hours, without the participation of the Ukrainian authorities, 24,623 people, including 4,496 children, have been evacuated to the territory of the Russian Federation from dangerous regions of Ukraine and the Donbass republics, and in total since the beginning of the special military operation – 2,668,072 people, of which 422,722 are children. 427,770 personal vehicles crossed the state border of the Russian Federation, including 4,851 vehicles per day. More than 9.5 thousand temporary accommodation points continue to function normally in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. Individual work is carried out with arriving refugees, they are promptly assisted in resolving issues related to further placement and employment, providing children with places in kindergartens and educational institutions, as well as providing social payments and benefits.
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