Ukraine remembers the participants of battles in the territories of other countries. Poroshenko honored memory of victims in Afghanistan

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the solemn ceremony of laying flowers to the Memorial complex to Ukrainian citizens fallen in Afghanistan.

Ukraine commemorates the combatants in territories of other States

As the correspondent UNIAN, on the Day honoring participants in hostilities in other States Ukrainian President paid tribute to fallen in Afghanistan Ukrainians a moment of silence.

After laying flowers and a moment of silence anthem of Ukraine.

In addition to Poroshenko at the ceremony of laying flowers also took part, in particular, the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman, Vice Prime Minister — Minister of regional development, construction and housing and communal services of Ukraine Gennady Zubko.

Recall, February 15, 1989 ended with the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. In Ukraine this day is celebrated the Day honoring the combatants in territories of other States and the 26th anniversary of withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.

The war in Afghanistan lasted 10 years. Between 1979 and 1989, in the fighting was attended by more than 160 thousand Ukrainians, 3290 of them lost their lives in the war, nearly 60 are still missing or captured. More than 8 thousand Ukrainians were injured, about 4690 of them returned home with disabilities.

Ukraine commemorates the combatants in territories of other States

Today Ukraine celebrates the Day of honoring the combatants in territories of other States, reports UKRINFORM.

The celebration of this date set in Ukraine «in support of the initiative of public organizations with the purpose of honoring Ukrainian citizens who performed military duty on the territory of other States», according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine of 11 February 2004 No. 180/2004.

After the Second world war, the Ukrainian military has participated in 24 local wars and armed conflicts in 16 foreign countries. During Soviet times, they played «international duty» in Chile, Spain, Egypt, Vietnam, Ethiopia, on the island of Cuba and in many other hot spots.

After Ukraine’s independence, our military experts were involved in many peacekeeping missions. According to the Ministry of defence of Ukraine, since 1992 in international peacekeeping operations took part in almost 40 thousand troops. During this time over 50 members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were killed and more than 100 were injured and 200 died after returning from missions.

There is the older generation of the Ukrainian military reserve, which consists of almost 330 thousand people. Most of this reserve is comprised of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Separate, the oldest echelon of combat veterans — military specialists with experience in conducting operations in Vietnam, Syria, Angola, Mozambique and Egypt. In addition to these categories of veterans, there is quite a large contingent of Ukrainian volunteers who participated in the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Transnistria, Abkhazia and Chechnya.

But the largest and most tragic was the war in Afghanistan, which lasted 10 years — from 25 December 1979 to 15 February 1989. One in four of almost 600 thousand troops involved in the fighting in Afghanistan, our countrymen, and every fourth of those who never returned from Afghanistan, was a Ukrainian.

Now in Ukraine more than 150 thousand veterans of the Afghan war, of which about eight thousand are wounded, more than 6 thousand disabled. During difficult times, warriors-«Afghans» demonstrated heroism and courage in the Donbas, where the fighting has killed more than 70 soldiers, including the first Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Union of Afghanistan veterans, the legendary Hero of Ukraine Oleg Mikhnyuk. After the hell of Afghanistan, the brave paratrooper died defending the independence and integrity of the Motherland.

This day usually passes a series of celebrations and ceremonies — the laying of flowers at the memorial signs, holding meetings-requiems, meetings with participants in hostilities on the territory of other States. You can join for the Day and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Today in the temples and monasteries will be held memorial services for the dead and deceased participants of military activities on the territory of other States.




Ukraine remembers the participants of battles in the territories of other countries. Poroshenko honored memory of victims in Afghanistan 15.02.2016

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