Address of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksandr Turchynov on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation
Today, the world community commemorates the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation.
67 states and 80% of the world's population were embroiled in the Second World War. As a result of the bloodiest war that lasted six years, about 60 million people died. This is the greatest tragedy in the history of humankind.
The Second World War demonstrated to everyone how fragile the balance between peace and war could be, how much human life could be devalued...
Today, the enemy came to our land once again. Russia, having neglected international law, breaking the post-war security system in Europe and the borders that emerged in Europe after the Second World War, has unleashed aggression against our country. However, their victorious blitzkrieg failed. It was fended off by Ukrainian fighters, patriots, who every day devotedly and sacrificially go to defend their homeland, reliably holding the defense.
Lessons in history cannot be forgotten. That war has taught us that the aggressor will never succeed. The behavior and motivation of the aggressors are the same at all times, and trying to persuade them to adhere to the standards of international conduct and respect the interests of other countries - is not only an ungrateful thing but also an unpromising and dangerous one.
We remember, therefore, we will fight for our will, freedom and our Ukraine to the end! May the memory of the heroes who gave their lives, defending their country, live forever!
Glory to Ukraine!
Glory to the Heroes!