Today, on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Ukraine from Nazi invaders on behalf of the Government of Ukraine, the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Oleh Nemchinov honored the memory of all those who fought against the aggressor. The flower-laying ceremony took place near the Memorial of Eternal Glory in the Park of Eternal Glory.
"The struggle for freedom against a foreign aggressor is a sacred duty of every representative of the people who are threatened with enslavement. It is especially important to remember the experience of previous generations today because our country needs peace so much," Oleh Nemchinov said.
During World War II, the ousting of the Nazis from Ukrainian territories became possible due to the mass participation of Ukrainians in the ranks of both Soviet troops (a total of more than 3 million Ukrainian soldiers) and the national underground resistance movement (about 100,000 warriors).
The Ukrainian dimension of World War II is the struggle on all fronts of military action: not only on the Eastern Front but also in the ranks of the resistance movement of other countries, allied armies that fought in Italy and France, the Far East and the Pacific areas of war operations. The ousting of the Nazis from Ukraine was made possible only by the combined efforts of the entire anti-Hitler coalition and the anti-Nazi liberation movements. We have to remember everyone!
However, the defeat of Nazi oppressors did not bring peace and freedom to Ukraine but resulted in the return of communist terror, mass deportations, and persecution of dissidents. However, it was still a weighty step towards the achievement of Ukraine's independence. The experience of fighting Nazism teaches that war always turns nasty for the aggressor.
"The number of military and civilian casualties of the war is estimated by historians at 8-10 million Ukrainians. 700 towns, 28,000 villages, 16,000 enterprises were damaged or destroyed as a result of the fighting and punitive actions of the occupiers. Today, let us all honor those thanks to whom we live in Independent Ukraine and build our democratic society!" Oleh Nemchinov urged in his address.