73-th anniversary of Kiev's liberation is celebrated by National Military-Historical Museum of Ukraine with the opening of the exhibition

There are dates that are impossible not to know and not remember. The 6th of November the capital of Ukraine will celebrate the 73-th anniversary of liberation from Nazi invaders.As far back as in November of the distant year of 1943, hundreds of thousands soldiers who had to cross the Dnieper without special military knowledge and experience heroically laid down their heads. The losses were significant, but the victory proved to be at our side. Every year the inhabitants of Kiev celebrate this great day, paying tribute to all the fallen liberators and glorifying survived heroes.

On the eve of day of Kiev's liberation, that is, on the 4th of November, 2016, at the National Military-Historical Museum of Ukraine there took place the exhibition called "Covenant of immortality". At the exhibition there was presented military uniform and ammunition of the soldiers of the Red Army and the Wehrmacht, models of arms, photos and archival documents.

The exhibition was visited by everyone interested. Veterans were invited, among whom gave the gift of his presence Andrey Vasiliyevich Gomon, a member of the defense of Kiev in 41 and the liberation in 43, the partisan of the Second World War. In three months he will be 92 and he still remembers in details how, being young and brave, he gathered a partisan detachment.... Everything is like yesterday.

Also, the opening of the exhibition was attended by representatives of state and public organizations.

Alexey Alexandrovich Sergienko, the representative of the Department of Social and Humanitarian Policy of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

Alexey Nozdrachev, Head of the Department of Civil-Military Cooperation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

To the event there came the soldiers who fought in the ATO zone. They gave the Museum a very interesting exhibit. It proved to be a book "Kobzar" by T. G. Shevchenko published in 1939. The book was found by chance. It was signed by an unknown Peter in 1941. When going to the front, the soldier decided to leave his signature on the book and a little information.

The finding was repeatedly wanted to give to the museum, but something went wrong with that. Having gone to the combat zone, the soldiers took it with them like a talisman. It is there that they decided to continue the tradition started by the soldier of the Second World War – everybody who this book met on the way of war, signed on its pages.

Many of the guys who fought have deceased, but memory of them will remain forever on the pages of "Kobzar"

This event could not miss the representatives of NGO "Union "People's Memory" which has cooperated with the Military-Historical Museum for many years. Every year, the organization gives the Museum artifacts found during the search expeditions. One can say that this day's presence at the exhibition’s opening was another friendly visit for Union.

Yaroslav Zhylkin, Chairman of "Union "People's Memory" took the floor. He expressed gratitude to the veterans for their invaluable contribution to the Victory, to as well as the staff of the National military history Museum for preserving the memory of those times. "You can always count upon us!" said Mr Zhylkin.

The final floor was taken by Vyacheslav Vladimirovich Taranets, Director of the National Military-Historical Museum. He wished everybody peace and happiness, a quick end today's wars, and more "as less as possible sad exhibits" in the walls of the museums.

The event ended with a performance of wartime songs. The atmosphere of the exhibition literally imbued with the spirit of war...

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