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Monument to Marshal Malinovsky


Rodion Malinovskiy (1898-1967) is a Soviet military leader and statesman. He was born and grew in Odessa. When the First World War started he went to the front as a volunteer (he was underaged). He went through the war till the victory, fighting in Ukraine and France. In the Second World War he was a general. It is believed that thanks to his prompt actions in the Stalingrad area Manstein’s army was unable to reach encircled Paulus' army and help them out of the pocket. The key moment happened when Malinovskiy ordered to counterattack Manstein without Stalin’s approval who was just at that time discussing this move with other generals. Malinovskiy liberated his home town in the spring of 1944. When the war was over, he went to the Far East and smashed the Japanese. He took over Jukov as the defense minister and remained in office until his death. He was buried in Moscow in Red Square.

His autobiographic novel Soldiers of Russia presents a view on Odessa as it was a century ago, at leas the first chapters until joining the army. It cannot be denied that all books written in the USSR had to present everything that happened before the revolution in the negative sense — yet it is possible to see the truth.

The monument was put up in 1965. The sculptor is Ye.Vuchetich.

Besides the monument, there is a street named after Malinovskiy. Actually, the entire district where the street is in the south of the city is called after him.





Street Address

Corner of Preobrajenskaya and Nekrasova Streets, Odessa, Ukraine.

Geographical Positions

E30°44'0.15" N46°29'21.24" (E30.733375° N46.489233°).


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