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In honor of the feat of the paratroopers from Pskov, during 2019-2020, commemorative events dedicated to the immortal feat of the 6th company were held in all constituent entities of the Russian Federation.
The command of the Airborne Forces, in cooperation with veteran and public organizations, erected busts and monuments to servicemen, unveiled memorial plaques with the assignment of the names of the dead paratroopers to streets, educational and cultural and leisure institutions, as well as youth army detachments. Studio of military artists named after M.B. Grekov developed and created a diorama of the feat of paratroopers, which will soon take its place in the Airborne Forces Museum in the city of Ryazan.
Alleys of Heroes were opened in the places of their birth, museum expositions were created in the cities where the fallen defenders of the Fatherland lived.

Dmitry Sergeevich Kozhemyakin was born on April 30, 1977 in the family of a serviceman. He graduated from the St. Petersburg Suvorov Military School and the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School, after which in 1999 he was sent to serve in the city of Pskov, in the 76th Guards Airborne Division. From January 2000 he took part in the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.

On February 29, 2000, the commander of a reconnaissance platoon of a separate reconnaissance company, Dmitry Kozhemyakin, together with his subordinates, conducted reconnaissance in the area of ​​the eastern slope of Mount Istykort, ensuring the advance of the 6th paratrooper company to occupy the dominant heights.

Finding the advance group of the enemy, the 6th company entered into battle with it. The scouts surreptitiously bypassed the militants, supported their comrades with fire, and subsequently, side by side with the guardsmen of the paratrooper company, fought for almost a day with a detachment of militants many times superior in number at a height of 776.0.

During the battle D.S. Kozhemyakin was wounded, but remained in the ranks. When the ammunition ran out, the officer engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the terrorists. Using a knife and a rifle butt, he killed several more militants.

By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of March 12, 2000, 22 paratroopers (21 – posthumously) were awarded the title of Hero of Russia for their courage and heroism in performing their military duty, and the remaining 68 (63 – posthumously) were awarded the Orders of Courage.

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