On January 14, a memorial Cross was solemnly unveiled in Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, to honor the fallen soldiers, who lived in the town and died, defending Ukraine in ATO zone.
The Cross is similar in design to ancient Cossack Crosses, which were installed in locations of the fierce battles and on the graves of perished heroes. The monument is symbolically made of yellow sandstone that lies under the upper layer of soil in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. So it reminds us of Ukrainian fighters who have to scoop this stone while digging defensive trenches.
The initiative to establish Cossack Crosses throughout Ukraine belongs to the activists of the National Corps. This year, two more Crosses will be installed in the Kharkiv region. The second one might appear in a town of Derhachi.
The National Corps activists say they were impressed with a large number of local people who came to the opening ceremony. They also thanked the local authorities who provided all necessary help.
“Today, almost every town in Ukraine, whether it is in the west or east, has its own fallen heroes. Just yesterday they walked the same streets with us and took their children to school. However, at the moment of danger, they made their choice and gave their lives to protect our peaceful streets. We are obliged to commemorate them and to educate future generations on their example,” says National Corps representative Maksym Zhorin.
The ceremony participants indicate that commemorating Ukrainian heroes is vital in such small towns like Kupiansk that are located close to the border with Russia, as propaganda and indoctrination of the aggressor country are still substantial there.
Text: Olena Sokolynska
Photo: Maksym Zhorin, Vladyslav Sobolevsky