Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
On the eve of Victory Day the correspondents of the Federal News Agency met with Vsevolod Grigoryevich Kozorez — the veteran of war who, despite his respectable age, frightens the Ukrainian authorities so much that they placed him on the lists of the odious website “Mirotvorets“.
“I had to be in the Putivlsky partisan underground. Then I crossed to the front line, near the region of Voronezh, and I voluntarily joined the ranks of the Red Army. I was involved in the Kursk battle and the liberation of Ukraine. During the liberation of Lvov my unit of submachine gunner-tank paratrooper saved the Lvov opera theater from an explosion. Then I participated in the liberation of Poland, in the storm of Berlin, the liberation of Prague. And the last, the third, time I was wounded on May 11th, 1945, on the third day after the end of the war,” said Vsevolod Grigoryevich about his battle path.
Our interlocutor warmly remembers his unit, in which all fighters were of different nationalities: “We were five people. I am Ukrainian, Belarusian Vanya Bokhan, the Russian Kolya Zalunin, Kazakh Karayev, and the Armenian Kurd Hadayan. These are five people, five nationalities. We didn’t differentiate between who is better or worse. We were one family”.
After the memories of the past, we pass to today and we ask the veteran for what activity the Ukrainian side placed him on the lists of “Mirotvorets” and how he reacted to such actions.
“I appear in the newspapers, I speak about the veterans living nowadays, and also about Heroes of the Soviet Union. It doesn’t upset me and doesn’t frighten me, I am proud of the fact that I am a citizen of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” stated the veteran.
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