317 Ukrainian artillerists of the Armed Forces of Ukraine died in the fight against the Russian aggressor. President Petro Poroshenko claimed this at the solemn events dedicated to the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
'The reliable fire cover of the artillery save thousands of lives of the Ukrainian soldiers and civilians. 1 591 artillerists were awarded the high national awards due to the courage and heroism showed during the performances of the missions. 317 heroes- artillerists died in the fight against the Russian aggressor. I ask to honor the cherished memory of Ukrainian Heroes with the moment of silence', the President of Ukraine emphasized.
He noted that 70% of the missions are performed by the artillery.
'They perform more than 70% of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that defend the Ukrainian land, rebuffing the aggressor at the East of our country. The professional education, high self-discipline, teamwork and accuracy of the manning detail are the main and determinative for you. The clearly reckoned and surgically performed massed intense fire of the artillery forced the enemy to refuse from its invasive plans on several occasions', Poroshenko noted.
Officially the celebration of the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery was initiated in 1997 by President Leonid Kuchma. Today is also the day of Ukraine’s Military Engineering.