Ukraine is marking the Day of Tankman today, on September 9. The Day of Tankman was established by the decree of the Ukrainian President from August 29, 1997.
The establishment was made in the support of the initiative of the tank forces veterans and tank builders of Ukraine, considering the war honors of the tankmen during the World War II, and for the purpose of training the soldiers-tankers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the best traditions of previous generations.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak and Head of the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko have already congratulated the tankmen on the holiday.
'Congratulations on the Day of Tankman! Today, the Ukrainian tank warriors are honorably holding the positions in the east, demonstrating fantastic professionalism and battlecraft against the aggressor. Glory to our defenders and an imperishable memory of heroes-tankman who gave their life for peaceful Ukraine,' reads the message of the President on Twitter.
Stepan Poltorak claimed on his page on Facebook:
'Work of tankman is a hard and a dangerous mission, since, precisely, the tankers have to be at the flashpoint where the fate of the battle for Ukraine is being decided.