Friday, June 24, 2011

Ukraine mourns Great Patriotic War victims

June 22, 2011 (UKRINFORM, Interfax-Ukraine)
Ukraine is holding official events dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Hitler's attack on the USSR and the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Kyiv, which the Nazis bombed at the dawn on June 22, 1941, commemorated the victims of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Glory Park and the monument to Marshal Ivan Kozhedub. On the eve, President Viktor Yanukovych addressed the veterans and compatriots, stressing that the Ukrainians had paid an incredibly high price, more than ten million lives, for freedom and peace. The Great Patriotic War (Second World War) is not over until the last soldier who was killed at war is buried, and the state will promote such steps, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said.