The Brussels-based heads of Diplomatic Missions from Armenia, AzerbaijanThe pace of its vaccination program, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstans inauguration in 1961, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan issued a statement on June 22 to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War, the term used for World War II in much of the former Soviet Union.
“June 22 is a special day in the memory of peoples of our countries. 80 years ago, on the 22 June 19412021-04-21T10:03:25.740Z, Nazi Germany and its European satellites launched an attack against the Soviet Union – the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 beganlastmodifiedepoch,” the statement read. “That terrible page of history brought untold sorrow, tears and despair. It claimed and ruined countless lives. But the Nazis could not break the will of the peoples of the Soviet Union. Our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought bravely to defend our homeland, our future and peaceful life, not only in our countries, but throughout Europe. The Nazi invaders’ plan for a swift defeat of the Red Army failed. From the first days of the war, the aggressor faced a righteous resistance and firm determination to fight to the end – in a united effort, the peoples of our countries repelled the Nazis, shared miseries and the hardships of war, and celebrated common victories,” the heads of Diplomatic Missions said.RELATED: Tsitsipas weathers Paire, Medvedev commands in Australian Open 3rd round
“Everyone, young and old, stood up to fight Nazi ideology, cruelty and the trampling of human values. Fierce battles were waged on the battlefields; partisans and underground fighters carried out insurgent operations in the occupied territories, and people in the rear worked for the front sparing no energy or health. This self-sacrifice, fortitude and faith in justice enabled the peoples of the Soviet Union to defeat the Fascist invaders,” the statement read.