27 years ago the Soviet Army
was withdrawn from Afghanistan. It was a brutal and bloody war that claimed
the lives of dozens thousands military and hundreds
The soldiers and officers, who returned
from Afghanistan, like no one else are aware
of the true values of life and peace, war and death. The people
who had witnessed the death of their friends, had
seen the grief, the destruction and the horrors of war, least
wanted it repeat again. But,
over the years many of them had to take up arms:
to protect their homeland, their freedom, dignity and the life
itself. They became an example for young soldiers, an
example of courage and heroism on the battlefield. We commemorate the
eternal memory of soldiers participanting in Afghan war who
died like heroes in the East of Ukraine!
On this day, when we honour the
participants of this war, we proclaim again that the Ukrainians
want peace, that we are well aware of its value
and ready to defend it. We have never waged any
wars, never shot first, never hankered
after foreign lands, but we will be
protecting our State to
the bitter end.
We wish war never broke out on our
territory again. I wish peaceful
skies to Ukrainian towns and
villages. Peace and well-being
to each family.
Glory to Ukraine!
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy