President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine's contribution to victory in the World War II is undeniable and is recognized by the international community. This is stated in the speech of the head of state on the occasion of the Day of Sorrow and commemoration of the victims of war in Ukraine.
"Today is a sad anniversary of the beginning of the bloody period of World War II for our people. Starting from June 22, 1941, it began to take away the lives of tens of thousands of Ukrainians daily for more than forty months - 1,225 days and nights - blood was shed in Ukraine. Cities and villages were burned, historical and cultural valuables and thousand-year spiritual treasures of people who survived after the twenty-year terror of the Bolshevik vandals were being destroyed, " he said.
"Contribution of Ukrainians to the common victory, to the rightful cause of liberating their land and saving the peoples of Europe from Nazism is outstanding, undeniable and recognized by international community," Poroshenko added.
President expressed gratitude to the soldiers of all armies, partisans, children of war and defenders of Donbas.
"In our thoughts and actions, we will be worthy of sacrifice and heroism of our defenders to prevent a recurrence of such a global catastrophe," the President stressed.
German troops invaded the USSR on June 22, 1941.
Earlier it was reported that Kyiv commemorated WWII victims killed in Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.