Ukrainians commemorate compatriots killed in Soviet-Afghan war

23:42, 15 February 2017

It's been 28 years since the Soviet Army officially withdrew its troops from Afghanistan. Today President Petro Poroshenko was the first official to lay flowers to the Memorial of the warriors killed in the bloody Soviet-Afghan war.

Veterans of the conflict also joined the solemn ceremony in Kyiv.

The war lasted over nine years (since late 1979 till early 1989) and claimed lives of dozens of thousands of servicemen from the both sides. However civilians took much more serious casualties over the period - about 2 million of them perished.

Over 3000 Ukrainians were killed in action during the conflict. 72 warriors were awarded with the title of hero of the Soviet Union during the war, 11 of them are Ukrainian nationals.