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 Over 14 million Ukrainians fell victims to WWII, - NSDC's Turchynov

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksandr Turchynov has addressed the Ukrainians on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation.

Censor.NET reports citing the NSDC press service.

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"Today, the whole world commemorates the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, when we recall those people, those tens of millions who fell victims to the Second World War. We remember and honor all the heroes who sacrificed their lives defending Ukraine from Fascism and Stalinism! Over fourteen million Ukrainians burned in the crucible of this terrible war. They perished at the fronts, died of starvation and diseases, were removed from their Homeland..," he said.

Turchynov added that after decades of peace, fighting is once again ongoing in Ukraine, Crimea is occupied by the Russian Federation, the east of the country is burning.

"The parallels between the events in Europe in the late thirties of the previous century and the present are obvious: the behavior and motivation of aggressors remain the same at all times. It is impossible to appease them, and the civilized world must decide whether to await the aggressor's next step or stop it. We've long answered this question. We see this war as Patriotic since we are defending our Homeland, our Ukraine. I am confident we will honorably walk our way - the way to victory! God is with us, Ukraine is with us, and the Victory will be with us!" Turchynov said.
 
 
 
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