Address of Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation
The Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation. Today, the world community worships the memory of the victims of the Second World War. This war claimed the lives of millions of people and showed how fragile the independence of nations, peace and quiet in the world are.
On May 8, 1945, the Anti-Hitler coalition officially approved the Instrument of Surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. It is impossible to overestimate Ukraine's contribution to this victory!
In 2014, Russia, having neglected international law, planned a victorious blitzkrieg, from the seizure of the Crimea, Donbas to the enslavement of the whole of Ukraine, just like Nazi Germany almost a century ago. But the Kremlin's plans for the restoration of the empire of horror were hindered by Ukrainian patriots - warriors, volunteers, the people. The enemy has been stopped, much of the occupied lands have been released.
The lessons of history should not be forgotten. May the memory of all the victims of the Second World War live forever!