There are a number of heroes, some of them do not even want to talk: memories are painful. They are today’s heroes, people who fought for days on the verge of life and death for the sake of the Homeland and for victory.
About 2 dozen students of the Faculty of Design of our University returned from the frontline a few days ago, having overcome the war, but still cherishing the desired victory in their souls. They returned with wounded bodies and soul, but with the belief that one day they will see the Homeland returned and united.
The conversation with them was difficult: with the preface “War is a terrible thing, even in movies it is not so horrible”. A second-year undergraduate student Yura Grigoryan, left for the front on the first days of the war. He says that it is impossible to describe in words what you see and feel in the war, all your emotions and feelings are mixed, you only try to survive for the sake of your Homeland and on the condition that after the war you will begin to appreciate every day and moment you live. 4th year student Harutyun Sukiasyan has also returned with the same feelings. “The Armenian soldier does not lack high spirit and patriotism,” he says, noting, however, that this was not a war between human beings, it was a war against the beast. He confesses that war is only a painful but sobering opportunity to value your life, the people around you, and to live your life more consciously.
“After the war, I began to judge more calmly and correctly and to respond adequately to situations,” a first-year student Areg Mkhitaryan says in response to my question about the traces left by the war. “You know who and what you are fighting for and it is this consciousness that makes you stay awake and alive every second”.
A 4th year student-volunteer Ruben Muradyan, who went to the front, is still at the border. He returned after the ceasefire, then left for Artsakh again. According to him, “the borders need constant control”. For obvious reasons, he could not tell much about the war days and the post-war situation, he only added that the war was to end, there was no alternative.
Ruben’s last thought was shared by many of the boys who went through the war. “We were fighting for victory, we would have continued, but we stopped so that the fight would not turn into genocide.”
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