Lukashenko addressed compatriots on occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Khatyn tragedy
Belarusians had and still have one response to their enemies: the spirit of national resistance – as stated by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in his address
“On the mournful date — March 22nd — we remember the residents of the village of Khatyn, thousands of our other villages and towns that were brutally destroyed by the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War, which unceremoniously broke into our house and killed every third Belarusian,” the address reads.
Eighty years ago, a sunny spring day was scorched by the fire of the merciless massacre of peaceful people by Nazi punishers.
As noted by the President, every corner of Belarus has a history of its own Khatyn. “It is painful to realise how many new lives were never born, how many children did not grow up, how many destinies were cut short because of crazy ideas, blind hatred and bloody cruelty,” he stressed.
Aleksandr Lukashenko continued, “Years later, the bitterness and anger do not subside – especially today, when the plague of Nazism has gained its followers among mercenaries, traitors and criminals and has come close to our borders.” According to him, Belarusians had and still have one response to them: the spirit of national resistance. “Its symbol is an unconquered man who, having risen alive from the fire, with the body of his dead son in his arms, carries the eternal curse of fascism through time,” the Head of State added.
Aleksandr Lukashenko believes the duty of those who are alive to those killed is to expose the perpetrators of the mass genocide, cherish the memory of those terrible events and not let the trouble play out again in our holy land.
“Bright memory to all those who died! Eternal glory to their immortal feat in the name of peace for future generations!” the Head of State stressed.