Junior Sergeant Rafik Muradyan and Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Molkov
Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
We continue to acquaint you with the heroes of the special operation “Z” – participants in the hostilities in the Donbass. Soldiers, sergeants, corporals, and officers who demonstrated their professional experience, character, and completed combat missions. His determination, assertiveness and combat experience in the Ministry of Defense of Russia, in the police units of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, receive the highest marks.
Our heroes thwarted the attacks and prevented the counter-offensive of the nationalists, for which they received state awards. But they do not serve for the sake of praise.
The military is sure that the enemy has no chance of success, because Donbass and Russia are fighting for a just cause.
“A single chase destroys a fleeing enemy,” said Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, who did not lose a single battle. He also taught: “Beat the enemy, without forgiving him or yourself, endure evil, fight to the death, the one who is least sorry for himself wins.”
I CLEAR THE ROAD BEFORE THE STORM
Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Molkov
“During the fighting in one of the tactical areas, Lieutenant Colonel Alexei Molkov personally led the artillery units. Driving the nationalists from their positions, the Russian artillerymen under the leadership of Molkov managed to hit part of the enemy’s armored vehicles, as well as suppress their artillery. The high quality of the shots of Molkov’s subordinates forced the nationalists to leave their firing positions. Due to the fact that the enemy lost fire support, the intensity of the shelling of our positions decreased, which allowed the counteroffensive to proceed. The enemy suffered significant losses and was unable to hold their positions, and was forced to retreat deep into the territories under their control.
TECHNICALLY WON THE ART DUEL
Junior Sergeant Rafik Muradyan
“The artillery battalion, which included the guard driver, Junior Sergeant Rafik Muradyan, carried out a combat mission of providing fire support to a company tactical group fighting to capture the enemy’s fortified stronghold. The enemy, seeking to deprive our troops of artillery support, began a massive bombardment of the division’s positions. During the next volley, the combat vehicle received shrapnel damage from a shell that exploded nearby, as a result of which it failed and could not redeploy, and also continued to fire.
Assessing the situation, realizing the danger of the current situation, Muradyan, under fire from enemy artillery, restored the damaged combat vehicle to working order. By courageous and professional actions, which involved risking his life, Muradyan was able to prevent the destruction of the artillery crew. Thanks to the professionalism and courage of the guards, Junior Sergeant Rafik Muradyan, the crew of the combat vehicle changed its firing position and continued to carry out firing missions, as a result of which the stronghold of the militants was destroyed.
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