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AMBASSADOR'S ARTICLES

09.05.2013

Address of Ambassador Yakovenko at the Victory Day wreath laying ceremony, Soviet War Memorial (London, 9 May 2013)

Your Grace,

Your Excellencies

Dear Veterans

Friends

Today, we have come here, to the Soviet War Memorial, to mark the day of greatest victory, the day of peace and triumph of human spirit, the day when good triumphed over evil, over fascism. This is the glorious day for all humanity to remember and celebrate courage of people who defended their homeland and liberated world from Nazism.

Sixty eight years have already passed since then, but every year, on 9th May, we remember the war which turned out to be the most devastating conflict in history, which killed dozens of millions of people, and caused unheard-of suffering and destruction.

There are certain things we can and should never forget.

It is to the veterans that we and our families owe peaceful present, to their sacrifices and courage.

Veterans did not spare their lives on the road to the victory. They defeated Nazi Germany displaying extraordinary commitment to their nations and the core values of human civilisation.

We always remember your heroic deed, and are grateful for high moral standards you have set for generations to come.

Dear friends, the victory has never been a source of contention between Russia and our Allies.

We will always be grateful for the indispensable assistance and support of our Allies - Great Britain, United States of America, France and other nations of the anti-Hitler coalition, German and Italian anti-fascists.

Today we are also celebrating the bravery of all Europeans who confronted fascism. Its defeat is an absolute value, since descent to barbarity was the alternative.

The Soviet Union lost over 27 million of its citizens in that war. Servicemen killed on the battlefields came from all ethnic groups of the former USSR, but stood united and defended their Motherland.

All peoples, all republics of the former USSR, suffered irreparable losses that touched almost every family.

That is the reason why 9th of May – Victory Day - is an important day for all nations in the Commonwealth of Independent States. All nations must be united in preserving this memory for future generations.

Today, Russia strongly stands for the principles of peaceful cooperation among nations, collective security and global stability.

We believe that, based on those principles and lessons learnt from the history of the XXth Century, world leaders could jointly find ways for peaceful resolution of conflicts for the benefit of mankind.

Thank you and Hurray!




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