Oleksandr Danyliuk: It is our duty to appreciate and remember thanks to whom and at what cost we get peace
Secretary of the National
Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk took part in the
celebrations on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Day of Remembrance
of the Heroes of the Ilovaisk battle, which took place today at Mykhailivska
"On this day, we honor all
those who gave their lives for peace in Ukraine and those who survived this
nightmare. 5 years have passed since the tragic events in Ilovaysk. 368 boys
gave their lives for the freedom and liberty of Ukraine. 429 were injured. 18
are held captive. Thousands of lives of civilians have been maimed, part of the
territory lost, all of which is the result of one of the treacherous traps set
by the aggressor for Ukraine", - the NSDC Secretary said during a speech before
the ATO fighters and families of fallen warriors.
Oleksandr Danyliuk stressed
that the aggressor did this to intimidate Ukraine. "But the feat of the
fighters who participated in the battles for Ilovaysk united the Ukrainians
even more and made them counter the invaders with even greater valor", - he
The NSDC Secretary noted that
it is the people - courageous, strong and adamant - that is the basis of our
statehood, the real bearer of power.
"None of those 1700 soldiers
and all the defenders of Ukraine did not think about regalia or the title of
hero. They just acted because they simply could do no other. They protected
their brothers, their land, their relatives, and they accomplished their duty.
But now it is our duty to appreciate and remember thanks to whom and at what
cost we get peace", - the NSDC Secretary underscored in his speech addressing
the participants of the Ilovaysk battle.
"I want to express my sincere gratitude to all who personally
participated in those events who defended our land from the invaders, for your
courage and self-sacrifice. Thank you to all heroes of Ukraine!"
The NSDC Secretary also
laid flowers on the wall of honor to the fallen ATO heroes and spoke with the
mothers of the perished heroes.