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Matvienko announced the need to preserve the memory of the heroes of the war against the backdrop of a special operation

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Matvienko announced the need to preserve the memory of the heroes of the war against the backdrop of a special operation

Valentina Matvienko
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At a time when the whole country “united around our primordial values”, it is necessary to preserve the memory of the exploits during the Great Patriotic War, which were performed not only by our military on the fronts, but also by home front workers. This was stated by the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the opening of the exhibition “Lines of Victory”, dedicated to the builders of the Sursky and Kazan defensive lines and the feat of women in the rear during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

As Matvienko noted, the Sursky and Kazan defensive lines are “unique structures” that were erected during the Great Patriotic War, thanks to the efforts of tens of thousands of people in the rear, they occupied 380 kilometers (twice as much as the famous “Mannerheim Line”).

The speaker emphasized that the fact that women’s destinies are connected with every kilometer of these lines evokes a special feeling. “Mothers and wives, daughters and sisters in the autumn rains and in severe frosts without special equipment, with simple shovels, cubic meters by cubic meters, dug out the frozen earth. They did not spare themselves and did everything so that the enemy would not come to their homes in order to protect their native land. Such unparalleled female exploits during the war are touching to the core, ”she said.

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The speaker of the Federation Council also recalled the expression that “a medal is poured from one metal for battle and for work.” “It is especially important to keep our memory of this today, when our fighters, in the course of a special military operation, fulfilling the tasks set by the President of Russia, protect the civilians of Donbass, when our entire country has united around our primordial values,” Matvienko concluded.

As the head of Chuvashia, Oleg Nikolaev, who was present at the exhibition, said in turn, the Volga defensive line did not meet the enemy, remaining a reserve defense option. However, these 380 kilometers of lines were built in a short time – in just a hundred days, and mostly women worked. “For some time I had to work at 43 degrees below zero. Even crowbars were not enough to take out the frozen earth, but in total about five million cubic meters of earth were taken out! To visualize this, you need to imagine a column of modern KAMAZ trucks loaded with earth, from Cheboksary to Novosibirsk – so much earth was dug out when building defensive lines, ”said Oleg Nikolaev.

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