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SEVASTOPOL, April 06. /ITAR-TASS/. A rally is being held in honour of participants of recent “third defence” of the Russian federal city of Sevastopol, long-standing home base of Russian Black Sea naval fleet on the Crimean peninsula, from radical elements at the monument to soldier and sailor at Khrustalny Cape in the city on Sunday. Members of different public associations and organisations who were ensuring order and prevented radicals from entering the city recently have gathered for the rally. "The third defence" of the city of Sevastopol was staged recently after the second defence in World War Two times.
Chief of Sevastopol united staff of self-defence Oleg Roslyakov noted that three echelons of self-defence were placed in the Republic of Crimea at first. The first echelon was located in the north of the peninsula, where Berkut police commandoes, Cossacks and militiamen protected the ways inside the peninsula from radicals. The second line of self-defence ran through seven checkpoints in a Sevastopol suburb. Sevastopol residents patrolling the streets of the hero city have made the third line of self-defence force.
“On the all-Crimea referendum day I saw city residents coming for a rally in a festive mood, as the atmosphere of holiday was felt in the streets,” Roslyakov said at the rally on Sunday, noting that “Then I thought how well we had arranged our work and how good that many people do not see any danger and came for the referendum in a festive mood.”
Assistant Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Yuri Rekortov thanked participants of self-defence forces on behalf of naval sailors and command of the fleet. “In difficult conditions all together we had to fulfil the tasks set for us,” he said to participants in the rally, adding that “But you have set an example of loyalty to the native city, loyalty to great Russia and loyalty to the Black Sea Fleet. “Thank you that you have showed your position to the whole world and have showed how it is needed to protect your native city not to give it to radical elements for rampaging.” Participants of self-defence units were presented with certificates and commendations from the city leadership at the end of the rally on Sunday.