[b]Each year, on May 9th, at the same place and at the same time, many thousands of people gather in Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Avenue to welcome the solemn parade honouring Victory Day. This time, there were lots of guests from various countries in Minsk as our most revered holiday coincided with the beginning of the Ice Hockey World Championship. Tourists with flags from their countries attentively looked into the faces of the hosts of the celebration — veterans of the Great Patriotic War, who broke the Nazi backbone 69 years ago. Age is taking its toll, yet the spirit hasn’t faded in the eyes of the Victory soldiers, and foreigners could see with their own eyes the nobleness and simplicity of those Soviet soldiers.[/b]
The parade was headed by the President, who laid a wreath at the Victory Monument. The ceremony was also attended by senior government officials, representatives of diplomatic missions, public organisations, and major religious confessions.
Dear fellow countrymen and foreign guests!
I heartily congratulate you on Victory Day — one of most honourable holidays on the Belarusian land. For millions of people it has become an eternal testimony to the courage of the nations that overcame the world’s greatest evil, which is fascism.
Sixty nine years separate us from that spring but the memory about the Great Patriotic War doesn’t fade. It lives in each city and village, is transferred from generation to generation; it comes from heart to heart while connecting all us together via a live thread of love towards Fatherland.
In those severe years the destiny of the mankind was decided in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. It was the Soviet-German front that decimated the Wehrmacht. After trespassing upon Soviet Union borders the Nazi faced fiercest resistance. Young and old ones alike, the Soviet people rose up to defend their Homeland. Nobody else in the world was as selfless as they were in fighting the ‘brown plague’.
It was in the land watered with the blood of Soviet people that the key battles were fought. Since the very first days of the war the true second front appeared in the occupied Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian lands. Over one million partisans rose up against the Nazi — a great people’s army, whose actions were of strategic importance and were an important factor in destroying the enemy.
In the Soviet land in most difficult conditions ordinary people working on the home front secured the economic supremacy over the aggressor. During the war the Soviet Union produced two times as much combat hardware and weaponry that Hitler’s Germany did. Meanwhile, the moral durability of our nation was the key USSR advantage in its fight against powerful and destructive military machine of the Third Reich.
The Soviet Union countered the man-hateful ideology of Nazism with the ideology of humanism and internationalism. Over 100 nations and nationalities of the USSR rose up together to defend the common Fatherland. Our Republic paid a dreadful price for the Great Victory — we lost every third resident of our Homeland.
Soviet Belarus has made an invaluable contribution to the enemy’s downfall. It was a partisan republic. Over 500,000 people were in the ranks of the underground resistance movement; 88 of these were awarded the high title of the Hero of the Soviet Union. The heroic fight of the nation against fascism began in the Brest Fortress, as well as in battles near Grodno, Minsk, Polotsk, Lepel, Vitebsk, Borisov, Mogilev, and Gomel to continue till the last invader was ejected.
We’ll always remember those who fell in battles and were killed by the atrocity of fascists. Grateful Belarus remembers you and honours your deed. We’ll do everything so that your great sacrifice for the sake of the Fatherland would not be in vain. The dreadful fire of wars, destructions and death must never again be lit in the Belarusian land.
I suggest honouring the memory of all the heroes and victims of the Great Patriotic War with a minute of silence.
[i](Minute of silence.)[/i]
This year marks two milestone events in the history. In July, we’ll celebrate 70th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazis, while August will mark 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.
These memorable dates give much food for thought. Why do we see a new worldwide fire flaring up just following three decades since WWI? How could a cave ideology of the Nazism gain momentum in the civilised Europe? Will the present political elite have enough wisdom and conscience to prevent new destructive conflicts?
Unfortunately, some politicians today bury the lessons of history in oblivion and try to downgrade the role of the Soviet people in the Victory over the Nazis while also encouraging the rebirth of Nazism.
Purposeful steps are aimed at destabilisation of the political situation in sovereign states in order to please some political and geostrategic ambitions. We can see such examples in the Middle East, North Africa and other hotspots of the planet.
It is a pity to see that Ukraine has become one of such hotspots. Our brotherly Slavic country is facing a civil war, where brothers fight each other. We should stop it whatever
We’re concerned about the fact that these events are used as a pretext for the NATO to intensify their military activity directly at our Belarusian borders. This fact requires special security awareness and the unity of our nation.
We’ve learnt priceless lessons from the tragic events of the 20th century. We know the value of peace and concord and we will stay committed to our ideals.
Our Armed Forces are ready to defend the sovereignty of Belarus, the civil peace and concord from any invasion.
It is a duty of honour for every citizen to defend the Fatherland and strengthen it.
The victory in May 1945 is your greatest contribution to the rescue and development of the human civilisation, to our common peaceful present and future.
Your generation has saved the country, restoring it from ash and ruins. Your generation has created strong industry and well-developed agriculture, alongside advanced science and rich culture.
You’ve managed to move forward and support each other, overcoming all difficulties. You weren’t chasing personal welfare and prosperity. At first you were thinking about your Homeland and then about yourself. Your spiritual legacy will always be a priceless moral basis for us.
Dear fellow countrymen!
We are the heirs of the great nation of victors to whom Europe owes its freedom and prosperity. The understanding of this fact serves as a source of our strength and self-confidence.
On this festive day I’d like to wish you all, as well as your close and dear people, health, success, happiness and well-being.
Happy Victory Day, dear friends!
[b][i]The President talked to journalists in Pobedy Square, particularly about:[/b][/i]
[b]Mobilisation of internal reserves[/b]
I simply say that we have to struggle and compete on our own domestic markets with the produce that was manufactured in other countries from our resources… Why can’t we mobilise our internal resources? We need to make our enterprises work at full capacity, manufacture the necessary produce and sell it on the home market…
Therefore, we should understand that, first of all, we have to get our people to work and pay a decent price for it. Then no one will be able to say anything about economic sanctions because we will be a self-supporting wealthy nation.
My task is to ensure peace and quiet for you and your children. The greatest happiness for me is when you tell me that you sit your son or daughter into the pram and walk along the street in the evening under the light of street lamps. Very many people don’t have this happiness in very many places. Unfortunately, many people in Belarus don’t value this since we haven’t seen the misfortune. Of course, we don’t need this misfortune in any way. May it be the same in the country, as it’s now, after some other president replaces the current president. This will be the greatest pride for me.
Made strong by Great Victory
<img class="imgl" alt="" src="http://www.belarus-magazine.by/belen/data/upimages/2009/0001-009-387.jpg">[b]<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Each year, on May 9th, at the same place and at the same time, many thousands of people gather in Minsk’s Nezavisimosti Avenue to welcome the solemn parade honouring Victory Day. This time, there were lots of guests from various countries in Minsk as our most revered holiday coincided with the beginning of the Ice Hockey World Championship. Tourists with flags from their countries attentively looked into the faces of the hosts of the celebration — veterans of the Great Patriotic War, who broke the Nazi backbone 69 years ago. Age is taking its toll, yet the spirit hasn’t faded in the eyes of the Victory soldiers, and foreigners could see with their own eyes the nobleness and simplicity of those Soviet soldiers.[/b]