June 3, 2023
Guards Sergeant Alexander Targonya and Guards Corporal Akif Shakhbanov

Guards Sergeant Alexander Targonya and Guards Corporal Akif Shakhbanov

Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

We continue to acquaint you with the heroes of the special operation “Z” – participants in the hostilities in the Donbass. Privates, sergeants, corporals and officers who showed their professional experience, character and completed combat missions. Their determination, assertiveness and combat experience in the Russian Ministry of Defense, in the police units of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, are given the highest rating.

Our heroes thwarted the attacks and prevented the counteroffensive of the nationalists, for which they received state awards. But they do not serve for the sake of praise. The servicemen are sure that the enemy has no chance of success, because Donbass and Russia are fighting for a just cause.

“The peculiarity of exceptional natures is that they see harmful and dangerous where others see nothing special, or even see good,” said Generalissimo Alexander Suvorov, who did not lose a single battle. And he also repeated his famous words: “Every warrior must understand his maneuver!”

A paratrooper blinded the reconnaissance of the enemy

Guard Corporal Akif SHAKHBANOV

“Guard Corporal Akif Shakhbanov, as part of a battalion tactical group of Russian paratroopers, carried out a combat mission to defend one of the settlements liberated from Ukrainian nationalists. The enemy, in order to inflict damage on our troops and the civilian infrastructure of the settlement, used unmanned aerial vehicles with live ammunition, as well as Shakhbanov, despite the heavy shelling, controlled the airspace in a given sector.Noticing an unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle approaching the company stronghold, Akif, despite the threat to his own life, used electronic warfare equipment on the drone, which made it possible to violate control channel between the operator and the drone, as well as to land the UAV at a safe distance from our positions.After the enemy unmanned aerial vehicle was neutralized, the airborne units quickly changed positions. militants. The professionalism of Guards Corporal Akif Shakhbanov deprived the enemy of the opportunity to conduct reconnaissance and correct the fire of his artillery, which made it possible to avoid casualties from shelling and continue to carry out the task in the tactical direction.


Guard Sergeant Alexander TARGONYA

“During the battle with the Ukrainian nationalists, the combat vehicle under the control of Guards Sergeant Oleksandr Targoni was subjected to massive fire from small arms and grenade launchers by the militants. ” Targonya decided to take the personnel out of the fire. Having dispersed, Alexander rammed the enemy pickup truck and advanced to the positions of our troops. Convinced that there was no threat of shelling from the militants, he evacuated the soldiers he had saved. Bold and decisive actions of the guards of Sergeant Alexander Targoni was allowed to save the lives of Russian servicemen.”

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