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04.08.2020 (15:00)

On the Russian air base Hmeymim opened a memorial in honor of the victims of nurses

A memorial in honor of military nurses Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova, who died when militants shelled a hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo in 2016, was opened at the Russian air base Hmeymim.

"On the territory of the medical detachment, you have built a monument to Sergeants Nadezhda V. Durachenko and Galina V. Mikhailova, who tragically died while performing military duty in the city of Aleppo. Opening this monument, we express our deep gratitude to all those who honorably perform their military duty in the Syrian Arab Republic, " -said at the opening ceremony of the memorial commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria, Lieutenant General Alexander Chaiko, addressing the personnel of the special medical unit.

The memorial was opened to the accompaniment of a military band, after which the soldiers gave a gun salute in honor of the victims. Then, representatives of the command of the group of troops in Syria and military medics who are currently serving at the air base laid flowers at the memorial.

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In December 2016, the medical town of the mobile hospital of the Russian Defence Ministry, which was stationed in Aleppo, was shelled by militants while receiving local residents. Two Russian military medics, Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova, were killed due to a direct hit of a mine in the emergency department. Vadim Arsentiev, a pediatrician, was seriously injured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin then signed a Decree "on awarding the order of Courage to military and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation", according to which the deceased Sergeants Nadezhda Durachenko and Galina Mikhailova were posthumously awarded.

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