Speaking on the occasion of the anniversary of Ukraine's liberation from Nazi invaders, Petro Poroshenko expressed his gratitude to the veterans of World War II, participants of the liberation struggle and contemporary heroes for their dedication and love for the country, Censor.NET reports quoting the president's address.
"The victorious battle for Ukraine, which lasted for 22 long months, was a decisive factor in the defeat of Nazi Germany and its allies. From the Dnipro to the Elbe, from Kyiv to Vienna, Prague and Berlin, the battle trails of fronts, proudly called Ukrainian, were blazed. Of course, not only Ukrainians fought there. And, of course, the Ukrainians fought on other fronts of World War II. They took part in the expulsion of Nazis from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Austria, Czechoslovakia, stormed the Reichstag," the president said.
"Unfortunately, we are now faced with a new tragic reality. The Ukrainians have been forced to take up arms to defend their country, confront the aggressor who cynically decided to redraw borders in a cruel manner," Poroshenko remarked.
"The Ukraine's new armed forces have demonstrated the fighting capacity, military skills and human qualities of its fighters to the whole world, proved that they are worthy heirs and successors of the military glory of victors over Nazism. I thank all the veterans of the Second World War, participants of the liberation struggle and present-day heroes for their dedication and love for the motherland," the president summed up.