on the occasion of
the Sixty-Fifth Anniversary
of the End of the Second World
War in Europe
together with all participants of anti-Hitler coalition is marking a great day in its
history, a day of victory and triumph of justice. We celebrate our joint victory
in the Second World War in Europe. At the same
time, it is also the day of sorrow when the world’s grieving about millions of
lives lost in the terrible battles, occupied territories, concentration
camps and annihilated by Hitler’s inhuman policy. We pay tribute to all victims
of war and everyone who fought for the liberation of homeland, European
continent and the entire world from inhuman tyranny.
Ukraine paid too high a price for the
victory, having lost more than 10 million its best sons and daughters. Seven
million Ukrainians were killed at the front and when fighting as members of
underground units and resistance movements. Over two million Ukrainians were
enslaved in Nazi concentration camps. Hundreds of thousands perished in
prisons. The general population of Ukraine had declined by 25 per
country suffered severe devastation, with hundreds and thousands of towns and
villages being reduced to ashes.
Ukrainian nation was among other nations that not only had sustained
many losses during World War II but also bent every effort to the world from
Nazism. There were over 7 million Ukrainians in the Soviet Army at War with aggressors.
More than two thousand of nationals were decorated with Soviet Union Hero honours. Twenty nine of them were honoured
two times. Document
remember all those who stood in the way of the Nazism. We are proud of the
determination and unity of those who opposed evil and violence.
less than one third of those who took part in the war remain among us. We will
never forget their heroic exploits. Our great duty is to do our best to ensure
that Ukrainian veterans who fought for freedom and independence of our homeland feel the care and support of the Ukrainian State.
Marking the 65th Anniversary of the end of the
Second World War in Europe, we are resolved to
prevent the recurrence of such catastrophes.
We shall draw wisdom from those lessons of the past to guide us in the future.