Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard 20:51:02 09/12/2016 rusnext.ru On 09.12.16 the head of the DPR Aleksandr Zakharchenko congratulated the residents of the DPR on the Day of Heroes of the Fatherland. “We are going through a strenuous time. Again, all of us had to stand up as a single wall to defend the native land, uphold our ideals. None of us knew if it is victory or defeat that awaits us in the next battle, but every soldier of the Republic knew – next to him in the trenches is a reliable friend and brother. And, it means victory will be ours!” it is said in the text of the congratulations received by the Donetsk News Agency. “All of us became witnesses of the emergence of new Heroes,” continued Zakharchenko. “Still yesterday they were miners, metallurgists, drivers and doctors.” According to him, the war revealed in everyone “something real, those cores that were inherited from fathers and grandfathers, who heroically broke the backbone of fascism of the 20th century”. “A Hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic is not just an honorary title,” continued the Head of DPR, it is “the most honest assessment, because it is given by contemporaries for the exploits of the present day”. “From me personally, and on behalf of all the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic, let me express to you huge human gratitude. Thank you brothers for existing!” summed up the head of the Republic. Copyright © 2016. All Rights Reserved.