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26 September 2017 [12:56] - Today.Az
By Laman Ismayilova
A memorial plaque to the National Hero of Azerbaijan, Viktor Seregin, has been unveiled in Kharkiv, Ukraine after restoration.
The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Azer Khudiyev, Honorary Consul of Azerbaijan Afgan Salmanov, representative of the Kharkiv City Council Boris Butyrin, author of the memorial plaque Seyfaddin Gurbanov as well as Seregin’s family members, Azertac reported
Khudiyev noted the importance of preserving memory of those who gave their lives for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. The ambassador expressed gratitude to Seregin`s family and promised to give them necessary support.
Victor Seregin was a first class pilot, commander of the MI-8 helicopter, who died on January 28, 1992, while carrying out a task to save civilians in Shusha during the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
His crew managed to take hundreds of children out of the war zone. In November 1992, Victor Seregin was awarded the title of National Hero of Azerbaijan (posthumously).
The plaque made by People's Artist of Ukraine Seyfaddin Gurbanov, was installed by Dostlug company in 2004 on Viktor Seregin’s house.
In April 2017, vandals destroyed the plaque. Later, in accordance with the decision of the Kharkiv City Council, the plaque was restored and installed in its original place.
Azerbaijan and Armenia for over two decades have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenian territorial claims to Azerbaijan. Since the 1990s war, Armenian armed forces have occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions.
Although the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions on Armenian withdrawal from the occupied lands of Azerbaijan in 1993, they have not been enforced during these 24 years. However, the UN Secirity Council hasn't taken any decisive actions in this regard yet.