Regarding the Day of Commemoration
of the Victims of the Second World War
In Ukraine, the 22nd of June is the Day of Commemoration of the Victims of
the Second World War. This year the 22nd of June marks the 74th anniversary of the
day when Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union and the existential war of these
two countries began in 1941. The Soviet Army consisted of soldiers from 15 thenSoviet
Republics: Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan,
Turkmenistan, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Armenia, Lithuania,
Latvia and Estonia.
During the Second World War, Ukraine found itself in the middle of the
furious battles and Nazi Germany’s occupation that resulted in deaths of around 3
million of Soviet soldiers in Ukraine and 3.9 million of Ukraine’s civilians. More
than 1.4 million soldiers and 2 million civilians were captured in Ukraine and sent
to the camps of death by Nazi Germans. The occupants destroyed in Ukraine more
than 700 cities and towns, more than 28 thousand villages and more than 16
thousand industrial enterprises. More than 10 million Ukrainians lost their houses.
The Ukrainian people are deeply grateful and will always remember those
soldiers and civilians who were fighting to liberate Ukraine from the Nazi
occupation. We will never forget those millions of people who suffered and were
murdered by the occupants.
It is very unfortunate that today part of Ukraine’s territory is again under
foreign occupation. It is even more unfortunate that the invader is Russia, which
during the Second World War was fighting side by side with Ukraine and other
Soviet Republics against Nazi Germany.
Having violated the basic principles of the international law and its own
guarantees of security given to Ukraine according to a number of bilateral
agreements and the Budapest Memorandum, Russia occupied Ukraine’s Crimea
and invaded the Donbas area in the South-East of Ukraine, where Moscow
supports bandits and terrorists. The aggressive policy of Russia is supported by an
extremely high level of ultra-nationalistic sentiments shared by part of its people
and is now seen all around the world as a threat to the world’s stability and
Ukraine hopes that the memory of millions of innocent people who perished
during the Second World War will make Russia reconsider its aggressive policy
and show full respect to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by
withdrawing its forces from the territory of the independent Ukraine.