The memorial is located at the entrance to Glory Alley.
You can see a statue of an airborne troops soldier holding a machine gun. There is a brown marble memorial plaque with the names of the fellow countrymen who perished during the Afghan war in 1980-1989:
There is a bronze black tulip at the foot of the monument. The black tulip is a symbol of those who perished during that undeclared war.
Antratsit has a brand new history museum dedicated in 2005.
It is a modern two-storey building located opposite the leisure center.
The museum has several halls and exhibitions:
The Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945;
Ethnography of the County;
Modern Industrial Development of the Area;
Works of Local Artists.
The museum is, in fact, two in one. It is at the same time the city picture gallery.
The city was occupied by the Nazis from July 18, 1942 till February 19, 1943.
On February 20, 1943 the city was liberated by the 5th Guards Infantry Division of the 3rd Guards Army.
So February 20 is the city Liberation Day.
More than 5,000 residents of Antratsit perished at the fronts of the last war in 1941-1945.
Six of the residents became Heroes of the Soviet Union.
There are six busts in in the city park near Glory Alley that leads to the rear side of the City Council building:
You can view the war memorial located in Lenin Street opposite the history museum.
The memorial was dedicated in 1975 when the 30th anniversary of the Great Victory was observed.
You can the black memorial plaques with the names of the city residents who did not come back from the fronts of the last war. There are white sculptures:
- the years of the war: 1941 and 1945;
- three faces of Soviet patriots near the date 1941: the partisan, the soldier and the nurse.
I find it to be rather rare when the nurse is depicted on a war memorial.
There is a similar memorial with the face of a nurse in Kreminna.
The quote on the white wall in in white letters, which makes it difficult to read.
This quote is from “Requiem”, a poem by Robert Rozhdyestvensky (1932-1994),
Let us remember everybody by name,
Rememeber with our grief.
It is necessary not for the dead,
But for the living.
Antratsit is the native city of Vladimir Liakhov, a Soviet cosmonaut, Twice Hero of the Soviet Union.
The monument to him is the first thing you see when you leave your hotel in Antratsit.
Vladimir Liakhov was born on July 20, 1941 in the city of Antratsit Luhansk region into a worker’s family.
The city was called Bokovo-Antratsit then.
Vladimir Liakhov started to study after finishing his high school.
He graduated from a military pilots’ school and became a military pilot.
In 1967 he was enrolled into the cosmonauts’ team of the USSR.
He flew into space three times and became twice Hero of the Soviet Union and a lieutenant general (a two-star general).
In September 2008 he was invited to Luhansk and was awarded with the title of the Honorary Citizen of Luhansk Region.
More about General Liakhov:
His Wikipedia Biography
Info About Vladimir Lyakhov
There is Liakhov Square in Antratsit. It is located in Rostov Street next to the city hotel.
You can see Vladimir Liakhov bust here.
He became the Twice Hero of the Soviet Union in November 1983.
The inscription on the pedestal is the text of the Decree on conferring the second title of the Hero of the Soviet Union on the Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Liakhov.
All the citizens of the USSR who became Heroes of the Soviet Union twice had such an honor: a bronze bust erected in their honor in their native town/city.
When I walked along Lenin Street towards the leisure center, I noticed these Stalin era apartment houses.
There is something special about them.
They were built in 1951-1952 and look like German design houses that can be seen in many towns and cities of Luhansk region.
You can see the completion year on the front facade of those houses.
Indeed, there are a number of apartment houses built according to "German design" by German POWs within five or six years after the second world war.
I don't know exactly about these apartment houses.
A bit of renovation would do them a lot of good, though.
They would look like real European houses then.
T-34 tank used to be the pride of the Soviet Army during the last world war.
The tank memorial is located in Menzhinsky Street not far from the leisure center.
The memorial is dedicated to the liberators of the city.
The city was liberated from the Nazi invaders on February 20, 1943 by the 5th Guards Infantry Division of the 3rd Guards Army.
This square adjoins Rostov Street and you can see it on your right on your way from Luhansk.
The monument to Lenin located in front of the City Council building is very special.
It contains only Lenin's bust and not a full height figure. Instead, there are bronze statues around the pedestal: a coalminer and the fighters of the revolution.
The statue of the coalminer is in front of the pedestal. I found it to be very nice and successfully made.
There is also Antratsit store in Lenin Street next to the city council.
It is not too often that you can find a store named after the city in which it is located.
There is no Luhansk Store in Luhansk or Rubizhne store in Rubizhne.