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President Vladimir Putin posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Russia to Olga Kachura, who commanded a rocket artillery battalion in the self-proclaimed DPR.
Kachura, emphasized on the Kremlin website, was awarded “for courage and heroism shown in the performance of military duty.”
Kachura, known by the callsign Korsa, died on 29 July. The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, called her death a “huge loss” and awarded her the title of “Hero of the DPR”.
Kachura went over to the side of the separatists of Donbass in 2014, in the DPR they said about her that she “was at the origins of the people’s militia” of the self-proclaimed republic. Prior to that, she worked for 16 years in the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In Ukraine Kachura in January 2022 was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property on charges of participation in a terrorist organization.
In March, Putin posthumously awarded the title of Hero of Russia to the commander of the Sparta battalion, Vladimir Zhoga.