15, we observe the Day of Commemoration of Combatants in
the Territories of Other States and the withdrawal of the Soviet
Army from Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, 29 years ago, ended a brutal war, which affected a lot of Ukrainian
families: about 160,000 compatriots - boys and girls, men and women – who choose
not to go through this ordeal, 12,000 Ukrainian military returned maimed from
that war, other 3,380 never returned. Ukrainian families haven’t still got over
The war in
Afghanistan once again proved that the empire had always used the conquered
peoples as cannon fodder to achieve their phantom and odious political goals.
Today, the war unleashed
by Russia and its terrorist aggression rages through the territory of our
those who were first to rise to defend our country were the participants of the
war in Afghanistan, being to the younger generations of our defenders an
example of patriotism, heroism and courage. The
participants of the war in Afghanistan have become an integral part of the
national military tradition and history, in which they input their unique and distinctive
society highly values this experience and service. Therefore,
may the words of gratitude for our Afghan veterans be heard throughout Ukraine!
In deep sorrow,
we bow our heads to the fallen Ukrainian warriors who served their military
duty in the territory of Afghanistan and other states. And
this is why our shared responsibility is to protect independence and
territorial integrity of our country, to stop the Russian terrorist invasion
and to prevent Ukrainian sons and daughters sacrificing their lives for the
interests of foreign states.
Prime Minister of
Ukraine Volodymyr GROYSMAN