Russians celebrate armistice of World War
First published May 28, 2003
Alongside 300 soldiers from the Russian Military Contingent
(RMC),guests from various institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina
attended the 58th anniversary of the Allies victory ceremony
in Ugljevik. The main attraction of the morning: a show by
the Special Forces. The 'Spetnatz' train hard daily to face
any situation. This display of hand-to-hand combat and neutralisation
of an enemy proved it.
On May 9, Russian soldiers attended the ceremony in remembrance
of the end of World War II. But they also came to watch the
show. The morning's demonstration has been in preparation
for more than one week.
There are no families in Russia who did not lose someone in
that war. There is a word in Russian that says that it is
much easier to destroy than to restore. That is the reason
the RMC came to BiH: to help rebuild the country and bring
it back to 'normal' life.
While the regimental band played the Russian national anthem,
three soldiers crossed the Parade Square in front of the troops
that stood at attention. Their they placed the traditional
spray of flowers on a monument dedicated to those who died
during WWII. The Russians call it "the Great Patriotic
war." Thus the ceremony ended. All the soldiers, awarded
or not, felt the same strong emotion.
Nations of SFOR: Russia