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Veterans of Great Patriotic War received gifts in Melbourne
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Russian compatriots in Australia congratulated war veterans living in Melbourne on the Victory Day. Memorial gifts to the participants of the Great Patriotic War were delivered by representatives of the Australian branch of the Night Wolves motorcycle club, the Edinenie newspaper reports. The event was assisted by the Association of World War II Veterans - immigrants from the USSR.
94-year-old Matvey Kushnitsky told the guests how the beginning of the war found him in Tiraspol and how he was later evacuated to Kyrgyzstan. After that, he was called to the front, survived a wound, went all over Europe and ended the war in Czechoslovakia. He moved to Australia with his family in the early 1990s. Since then, annually, together with his grandchildren, he participates in commemorative events dedicated to the Second World War.
Mikhail Vinokur was a child during the war years and ended up in the Jewish ghetto, from where he later escaped with his brother. He became the "son of a regiment" in one of the Soviet military units.
Veterans signed the Victory Banner, which would be handed over to the participants of the Victory Roads motorbike rally. Every year, the march passes along the roads of the 2nd Belorussian Front, starting in Moscow and finishing near Reichstag. Banners signed by veterans will be carried to places of military glory, and then transferred to military museums in places where the heroes served.