On October 28, 2013, Ukraine celebrated the Day of Ukraine’s Liberation from Nazi Invaders.
During the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the Soviet Army liberated Ukraine within the period of December 1942 – October 1944. Since that time the day of final liberation of all the territory of Ukraine from Nazi Germans – October 28 – is celebrated as the Day of Ukraine’s Liberation from Nazi Invaders.
It has become a tradition that commemoration ceremonies take place all over Ukraine on this day. We remember the warriors of all nations of the Soviet Union that fell in the battles on the territory of Ukraine and other people who suffered from the Nazi invaders.
According to the historic data, the number of Soviet soldiers who perished during the warfare on Ukrainian lands is about three million; besides, more than two million people were forced out from Ukraine to work as slaves in Nazi Germany during the occupation. Over 700 towns and 28 thousand villages were destroyed partially or entirely, about 10 million people were left roofless, and more than 16 thousand enterprises were eliminated on the territory of Ukraine in that period.
This year, according to the tradition, President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych took part in the ceremony of laying flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the occasion of the Day of Ukraine's Liberation from Nazi Invaders.
The Head of State together with veterans of the Great Patriotic War honored memory of the perished liberators with a moment of silence. The Guards of Honor solemnly marched and fired volleys on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of Ukraine's liberation.
The President of Ukraine also laid flowers at the monument of Triple Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan Kozhedub, Double Hero of the Soviet Union Ahmet-Khan Sultan and Hero of the Soviet Union Heorhiy Berehovyi on the Alley of Military Glory.
The people of Ukraine will always remember and remain deeply grateful to those who struggled and gave their lives to liberate Ukraine and the world from the Nazism.