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70th anniversary of the Great Victory

1 Jul 2015

Lukashenko: Soviet people played crucial role in saving world from Nazism

Lukashenko: Soviet people played crucial role in saving world from NazismMINSK, 1 July (BelTA) - Soviet people played a crucial role in saving the world from Nazism, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the solemn meeting dedicated to Independence Day on 1 July, BelTA has learned.

“We and our descendants must always remember that Soviet people played a crucial role in saving the mankind from Nazism! It is the Soviet Union, including Belarus, that put the biggest sacrifice on the altar of the victory,” the Belarusian leader said.

“We must never forget that Belarus put up massive resistance to aggressors,” Alexander Lukashenko said. He noted that in the years of invasion there was a true fight for freedom and independence of the native land which united people, produced the biggest uplift of patriotism and courage in history.

“Our partisans and underground fighters opened their front of resistance in the first days of the war. They contained the enemy’s tremendous force and paralyzed the movement of troops during the rail war and partisan raids, liberated huge territories which can be compared to the territories of a number of European countries from invaders. Almost 1.5 million Belarusian soldiers fought in the Red Army. People from Belarus worked hard in the rear to provide the front with weapons and food,” the head of state said.

Alexander Lukashenko emphasized that the labor feat of those generations will never be forgotten. “After the liberation of Belarus they restored the country from ruins. With the help of fraternal Soviet Union republics Belarusians breathed life in the native land. During the post-war years we created strong scientific and manufacturing potential, developed new branches of the economy, promoted education, culture and social sector,” the President noted. He said that the republic advanced to leading economic positions in the Soviet Union.

The President noted that these days of July are special days in the Belarusian calendar. “No matter how much time has passed since the Great Patriotic War, we return to the summer of 1944 again and again. The Belarusian nation decided to celebrate the main state holiday of sovereign Belarus on this day,” the Belarusian leader said.

“We cherish the memory of the horrible victims of the war, the great feat of millions of soldiers and officers, partisans and underground fighters, peaceful citizens who defended the freedom of our Fatherland,” the President stressed. Some people say that Belarus got independence and sovereignty without wars and turmoil almost for a song. However, we had to go a long, difficult and bloody way to independence. During the Great Patriotic War Belarus lost millions of people, one third of our people was killed or tortured.

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