From a report on Politnavigator, Nov 4, 2015
A monument to civilians and defense fighters killed in the war brought to Donbas by Ukrainian armed forces in 2014-15 was solemnly consecrated in Debaltseve, Donetsk People’s Republic on 4 November.
Presiding over the ceremony were Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, Aleksandr Zaharchenko, administrative head of the DPR, Maxim Leschenko, and head of the Debaltseve city administration, Alexey Granovskiy. In attendance were elected members of the DPR legislature and many hundreds of local residents.
A commemorative liturgy was led by the abbot of the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky, Archpriest Miron Alekseevich.
“We fought for the choice to be a free people. We have our own Donbas character. Honor and praise to all of those who defended their city and their children with weapons in hand.”
The stone monument is located close to the city administration building of Debaltseve (see photos). The inscription reads, “Eternal memory to the brothers and sisters who gave their lives for the liberation of Debaltseve from Ukrainian punitive forces… 2014-2015″
People laid flowers at the memorial following the liturgy.
Afterwards, the rally moved to the monument of eternal glory to those killed in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45. For the first time in several years, the Eternal Flame of that monument is lit. The monument has been repaired and renewed by local authorities.
Zakharchneko laid flowers before the Eternal Flame and drew analogies of the present situation to the Great Patriotic War. He spoke of the experiences which the people of Donbas have endured while defending their self-determination against the military assault by Ukrainian armed forces which began in May 2014. “I’d like to thank all veterans, those who died and passed on to us their courage,” he said.