14:09 May. 8, 2016
Ukraine holding the Day of Memory and Reconciliation to mark the end of World War II in Europe
On May 8 and May 9 people all over the world are celebrating the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation, dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives during the World War II.
On this occaision, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the entire civilized world is committed to ensuring the terrible tragedy of the World War II does not repeat.
"The Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation honour those who for long six years of World War II dreamed of the first minute of peace, which occurred on 8 May 1945", said the president.
"The entire civilized world is striving to make sure the terrible tragedy does not happen again. We remember. We are winning," said Poroshenko.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has published a video which unveils a story of three generations of Ukrainian fighters.
"Glory to Ukrainian warriors of all times and all generations!" this is how Poroshenko entitled the video.
Слава українським воїнам всіх часів і всіх поколінь!https://t.co/h3Opt16dAo— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) May 8, 2016
The video shows present-day Ukrainian soldiers taking a military oath. A military officer says to his son, a young soldier, pointing at a military hero's portrait which hangs on the wall: "Your grandpa would have been proud of you".
"And I am proud of you, dad", replies the son to his father.
NSDC (National Security and Defence Council) Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in his address said that "today, like more than 70 years ago, undaunted Ukrainians continue defending the nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity".
The Days of Remembrance and Reconciliation pay tribute to all victims of the World War II. More than 60 countries were involved in this terrible war; battles were fought on three continents, engaging 80% of the global population. It is very difficult to calculate casualties: according to various estimates, about 55 million people were killed, including 8-10 (some say even 14) million Ukrainians.
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