On October 28, 1944, the last inhabited locality of modern Ukraine was released from the Nazis during the WWII. Since then, people refer to the date as the Day of Liberation of Ukraine.
On the occasion of the solemn date, President Poroshenko congratulated fellow Ukrainians, mentioning the ongoing struggle against Russian aggression. ‘The victorious struggle for Ukraine that lasted for 22 months was the decisive factor of the defeat of the Nazis and their allies. From Dnieper to Elbe, from Kyiv to Vienna, Prague and Berlin, Ukrainian fronts have unfurled. Of course, Ukrainians were not the ones who fought there. And Ukrainians fought in other theatres of the Second World war. They made the Nazis flee Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Austria and Czech Republic; they stormed the Reichstag,’ the President said.
The Ukrainian leader thanked the veterans of that war and the participants in the ongoing Donbas conflict for their selflessness and patriotism. ‘Unfortunately, we have now faced new tragic reality. It’s been a long time now that Ukrainians have to arm themselves and protect their country, to repel the aggression of someone who cynically redraws the borders of independent countries,’ he said.
According to Poroshenko, thanks to the national unity, solidarity of the international community and patriotism of Ukrainian soldiers, officers and volunteers, the Russian aggression was stopped and modern, powerful Ukrainian army was created. ‘The new Armed Forces demonstrated their defense capability, military skills and human qualities; they proved they were true descendants of the glorious victors over the Nazism,’ the President concluded.