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Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial in London on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War

On 9 May 2020 Ambassador Andrei Kelin participated in the wreath laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial near the Imperial War Museum in London on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The Ambassador's message reads the following:

Dear friends,

Each year we gather here on 9th May next to the Soviet War Memorial to pay tribute to those who fought heroically in World War II protecting their Motherland and their homes from Nazism.

We will always remember that the Soviet Union made a decisive contribution to this Victory but at a great cost. 27 million Soviet people perished, thousands of cities, hundreds of thousands of villages had been completely destroyed.

We will also always remember the help of our Allies in the anti-Hitler coalition, including the Arctic Convoys with the much needed cargo, who went on a dangerous northern sea route. We pay tribute to everyone who died in fighting for the freedom of humanity.

We will always remember and be forever grateful to the veterans of World War II who brought us peace while selflessly fighting the enemy. It is a great pity that they are not with us today.

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has been invited to participate in today’s ceremony. The Princess Royal regrets being unable to do so, yet she has sent us her message, which upon other words says the following:

“It is vital that we recognise the incredible sacrifice made by the peoples of the former Soviet Union. Few people fought more bravely, or suffered more grievously for the price of victory. To all those of that heroic generation still alive today, your children and grandchildren are proud of the part you played in achieving victory.

As we brace ourselves to confront the challenges of today, we can take our inspiration from the courage of those who kept faith with each other, and who formed a crucial chapter in the long history of friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and the peoples of Russia, of Ukraine, of Belarus, and of all the nations of the former Soviet Union.”

To conclude with I would also like to thank the Soviet War Memorial Trust for organising this commemorative event.

Happy Victory Day!

 

The Princess Royal's message - https://www.rusemb.org.uk/article/612

 

9 May 2020, 14:45





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