A solemn rally dedicated to the 101st anniversary of the birth of Hero of the Soviet Union Ion Soltys took place on February 12 in Minsk.
The event was attended by representatives of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiaries of the Commonwealth Member States to the statutory and Other bodies of the Commonwealth, as well as a delegation of the CIS Executive Committee.
Speaking at the rally, Andrei Grozov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the statutory and other CIS bodies, noted that great importance is attached to joint work in the Commonwealth to preserve the historical truth about the Great Patriotic War. “We have never divided a Victory into our own and someone else’s. She is the only one for everyone and we got a terrible price. At the cost of millions of lives of such young people,” the diplomat said.
“It is possible to issue decrees on postponing the date of Victory Day celebrations, legislatively prohibit the wearing of St. George’s ribbons and visiting military graves. But as long as the memory of our heroes, fathers and grandfathers will be kept in our hearts, such actions are absolutely useless,” Andrei Grozov is sure.
In turn, representative of the CIS Executive Committee Vitaly Busko stressed the symbolism of holding such events on the eve of the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Belarus from Nazi invaders. “It is also symbolic that young people are present here, because when we leave, they will remember and honor the heroes of that terrible war. Today we remember with gratitude the son of the Moldovan people Ion Soltys, who laid his life on the altar of our common Victory,” he added.
The monument to the Hero of the Soviet Union Ion Soltys was erected in Minsk in 2021. The author of the bust is the artist Khizri Asadulaev. The sculptural composition is made of bronze and mounted on a pedestal of red granite. The height of the monument is 3.5 m.
Ion Soltys was born in 1923 in the village of Kuzmin in the Kamensky district of the Moldavian SSR. When the Great Patriotic War began, he joined a partisan detachment. In April 1944, he was drafted into the army.
On February 11, 1945, as a machine gunner of the 548th Infantry Regiment (116th Infantry Division, 52nd Army, 1st Ukrainian Front), in battle during the breakthrough of the enemy’s defenses near the settlement of Luisenthal on the Beaver River (Poland), he was one of the first to cross to the opposite bank occupied by the Germans, and fire He covered the crossing of the river. He suppressed the enemy’s machine-gun crew with grenades. However, another machine gun, hidden in the bunker, continued to fire at the Soviet soldiers. Ion Soltys closed his embrasure with his body and, at the cost of his own life, contributed to the fulfillment of the combat mission. For this feat, he was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union.