Joint Statement by heads of diplomatic missions of the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States on the occasion of Victory Day

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This year the world celebrates the 77th anniversary of the sacred holiday – Great Victory Day. In the spring of 1945, the multinational people of the USSR together with its anti-Hitler coalition allies liberated the planet from the yoke of Nazi tyranny. Unprecedented heroism of the great victorious generation helped overpower the misanthropic ideology.

In the battles of Moscow and on the Kursk Bulge, in besieged Leningrad and on the streets of Stalingrad, representatives of all Soviet nationalities stood shoulder to shoulder to protect the shared Motherland. Their courage and selflessness on the front lines and in the rear, as well as in partisan units allowed first to stop and then to crush Hitler’s army.

Our ancestors not only defended the independence of the Fatherland, but also freed the world from the "brown plague". The Soviet warriors-liberators rescued from captivity hundreds of thousands of prisoners of concentration camps.

The victory was won at a great cost. 27 million of our compatriots died. Almost half of victims were civilians. Hitler’s executioners and their henchmen strove for total annihilation of the peoples of the USSR, sparing neither women, nor children, nor the elderly.

We recall with appreciation the help of the allies at that fateful time. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of the Alaska-Siberia air route, which was used during the war to deliver about eight thousand planes from the United States to the USSR.

Our sacred duty is to preserve the truth about the Great Patriotic War and pass it on to future generations.

A low bow and deep gratitude to the veterans of the armies of the anti-Hitler coalition, who fought for our freedom in World War II. Your heroic feat will be forever in our hearts.

Happy Victory Day!

Anatoly Antonov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation

Baktybek Amanbaev, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Dmitry Basik, Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of Belarus

Farrukh Hamralizoda, Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan

Meret Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan

Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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