During the ongoing war in Donbas located in Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers came across an eerie reminder of the past. Ukrainian troops of the 79th Air Assault Brigade had taken a strategic position against separatists near the border of Russia and began to entrench themselves to enforce their position. While digging their trench, the paratroopers discovered the remains of a Red Army soldier. It is assumed he died in July 1943 due to the date shown on the newspaper which was announcing the Battle of Stalingrad won earlier that year in February. He was a machine gunner running to his position with two magazines for the Degtyaryov light machine gun. The man was still clutching the magazines in his hands while he died on the spot and must have been powdered with the Eastern Ukrainian soil therefore never found and never given a proper burial. The preserved fighter's belongings included the newspaper, an open razor with the initial "I" on it, and some paper for roll-up cigarettes. The paratroopers dug the remains of the fallen soldier out, put his them together, and dug out a grave for a formal burial. The deputy battalion commander was bringing the box with the deceased soldier's remains to the tomb and suddenly Russian-backed rebels started to shell the position with a 120 mm mortar. The commander recalled that as the attack occurred, he fell down together with the box in the very same trench and pressed the remains against himself. He wondered if the "shells never hit the same crater twice" rule still applies after 70 years of warfare, and the answer was that it did but only partially. Although, a mortar shell went into the ground 15 centimeters above him and if it weren't for the box, he would have been hit with shrapnel. After the attack subsided, the Red Army machine gunner was re buried by the Ukrainian soldiers with military funeral honors. A reminder of the cruelty of war.