I cordially congratulate you on the occasion of Victory and Peace Day.
For our nation the WWII was really a Patriotic War. Many of the sons of our nation fought for the freedom of our Fatherland and its bright future. They fought at all fronts, at the battle field and at the home front. Today, we pay tribute and express gratitude to the bright memory of our heroic predecessors, hundred thousands of whom fell in the struggle with the evil. We also pay tribute and express gratitude to a sadly small number of veterans who today stand with us.
This holiday is dedicated not only to the military victory but also to peace. Along with other nations of the Soviet Union, we paid dearly for the victory and earned peace. That victory had given us a historic chance to get again as a nation to our feet economically, culturally, and politically. We know all too well the price of that victory.
Dear Fellow Citizens,