Kishinev recognizes historical value of Soviet sapper inscriptions

28.08.2017, Moldova.

Restored inscriptions made by Soviet sappers “Checked. Clear of mines” have been recognized as historical monuments to be protected, Russian Historical Patriotic Club leader Aleksey Petrovich, told a TASS  journalist on August 28, the agency’s site reports.

According to Aleksey Petrovich, the launch of the inscription restoration project was supported by the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Kishinev. He says that today, 10 remaining inscriptions of this kind are known, which were left by sappers who cleared Kishinev of mines in August 1944. The inscriptions “were faded, they were covered with dust and partially painted over the 70 years that passed,” he said.

During the initial stage, artists will restore the inscriptions, then the inscriptions will be covered with glass to protect them against weather and vandals. The formal opening of the first inscriptions occurred on August 26; it coincided with the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Moldavia from German Nazi occupants.

In the summer of 1944, the region was the site of fierce battles of the Yassy-Kishinev Operation. This offensive liberated Moldavia, ended Romania’s involvement in the war, defeated the enemy’s main forces, Army Group South Ukraine, and liberated Ukraine’s Ismail region. During the three years of German and Romanian occupation, over 100 thousand civilians were killed or enslaved. In all the years of war, Moldavia lost approximately a quarter of its population.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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