Sergeant Batraz Gazzaev and Junior Sergeant Alexander Lisitsky
Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
We continue to introduce the heroes of special operation “Z” – participants in the fighting in Donbass. Privates, sergeants, corporals and officers who showed their professional experience, character and completed combat missions. Their determination, assertiveness and combat experience are highly appreciated by the Russian Ministry of Defense and the police units of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Our heroes thwarted attacks and prevented nationalist counter-offensives, for which they received state awards. But they do not serve for the sake of praise.
The servicemen are confident that the enemy has no chance of success, because Donbass and Russia are fighting for a just cause.
“A fleeing enemy is destroyed by pursuit alone,” said Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, who did not lose a single battle. And he also taught: “Beat the enemy, sparing neither him nor yourself, stay angry, fight to death, the one who spares himself the least wins.”
RETURNED THE EQUIPMENT TO OPERATION
Junior Sergeant Alexander LISITSKY
“The commander of the repair department, junior sergeant Alexander Lisitsky, performed tasks for the evacuation, restoration and repair of weapons. During the execution of tasks, Alexander also repeatedly evacuated various equipment abandoned by the enemy and Russian equipment that was damaged during the fighting. While organizing the crossing of the water barrier, a Russian tank bridge was damaged as a result of artillery fire from the nationalists. Risking his life, Alexander moved towards the damaged car. Having assessed the damage, Alexander quickly repaired the failed equipment right at the position. As a result of promptly carried out repairs, the engineering units easily completed the crossing, which allowed the motorized rifle units to successfully cross the water barrier. Thanks to Lisitsky’s selfless actions, it was possible to prevent losses from artillery fire, and the units were promptly redeployed to previously prepared defensive positions. In total, junior sergeant Alexander Lisitsky’s department, thanks to its honed skills and professionalism, quickly restored and returned to service more than 20 units of special military equipment.”
TOOK AND KEEPED THE POINT
Sergeant Batraz GAZZAEV
“Deputy commander of a motorized rifle platoon, Sergeant Batraz Gazzaev, carried out combat missions to storm and destroy enemy strongholds, his long-term firing installations, weapons and military equipment. After successful assault operations, Russian motorized rifles fought to occupy an important enemy stronghold.
Using the terrain and the tactically advantageous position of the strong point, Gazzaev’s unit entrenched itself on the occupied line and organized a defense. Gazzaev, expecting a counterattack by Ukrainian militants, quickly and competently distributed fire weapons and personnel in dangerous directions. While on the front line, he promptly discovered the advance of enemy motorized infantry. During the battle, competently and skillfully directing the actions of his subordinates, analyzing the changing situation, Gazzaev and his personnel constrained the actions of the assault groups of militants, stopping their advance. With targeted small arms fire, a platoon of Russian motorized riflemen destroyed an armored vehicle and a pickup truck with five nationalists. Thanks to the courage and bravery of Sergeant Batraz Gazzaev and his subordinates, the occupied line was held, Russian units improved the tactical position along the front line, and the enemy suffered significant losses in manpower and equipment.”