Ankara, 8 May 2018
Ukraine marks this unforgettable event on May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and on May 9 as 73d anniversary of Victory over Nazism in Europe and Day of Victory.
Ukrainians made a major contribution to the victory over Nazism, becoming one of the victorious nations. Millions of Ukrainians, with weapons in their hands, fought against Nazism during the war. Ukraine gave the Red Army: 7 Front and Army Commanders, 200 Generals, more than 6 million soldiers, NCO’s and officers.
As a result of the fighting, about 3.9 million people lost their lives, 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 Ukrainians fought against Hitler and his allies in the Soviet, Polish, Canadian and French armies along with those of the American and Czechoslovakian and in the European, African and Asian theatres of war and on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
We relish the tributes to the servicemen who perished on the battlefields while freeing Ukraine, and also to the civilians who suffered from the actions of the Nazi invaders. Ukraine will always remember those who gave their lives protecting and liberating it throughout the years of the invasion.
The memories of the brutalities of the Nazi occupation, when the part of the country again got occupied by foreign invaders, are yet to be erased from the memory of Ukrainian people. 73 years after the WW II Ukraine still feel the smell of war again, sees its red color and hears the voice of those suffering from the conflict, which was brought to us from the outside, but already not from the West but the East.
The people of Ukraine made an invaluable contribution to the victory over Nazism in 1939-1945 with their heroism in a struggle for the liberation of Europe. Today, Ukraine and Ukrainians are an outpost of the European civilization in a struggle for freedom, democracy and European values.
Ukraine together with the European Community and other allies uses during the official ceremony to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe and the victory over Nazism European symbolism of the victims of war - the red poppy.
Today, on May 8, Ukraine is honoring the memory of the millions who died in World War II. We worship low before the big fight of the soldiers of the coalition, representatives of all nations and nationalities, all those who are on the front and in the rear, at the cost of their own lives, struggling with the fascist invasion and won the Great Victory.