On the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory on the Eastern Front of World War II, Belarus staged a series of memorial events on Monday. Officials, veterans, students, and other city residents marched in a column with flowers, balloons, and portraits of relatives who fought in the war and participated in the flower-laying ceremony at the Victory Monument in the Belarusian capital Minsk. A minute of silence was also held by Minsk locals in front of the Victory Monument. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko remarked during the occasion that the victory in WWII protected the Belarusian country and established the course of development for all generations of Belarusians.
The fallen soldiers know that Belarus remembers the Victory Day and will always remember it, he said. Lukashenko expressed his concern about the current NATO actions on the western border of Belarus, saying that he would closely monitor the situation. The situation of 1941 should not be allowed to repeat, he said. Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, Lukashenko said Belarus would not be an aggressor, but as an ally and strategic partner of Russia, would make every effort to support Russia. At the same time, Belarus is making efforts for an early ceasefire in Ukraine, he added. Speaking about anti-Belarusian sanctions, Lukashenko noted that the sanctions make the country stronger, while their negative impact on Western countries is hard to ignore. Nazi Germany officially signed the act of unconditional surrender in a suburb of Berlin on the night of May 8, 1945, Berlin time, which was the early hours of May 9 Moscow time. The Soviet Union declared May 9 “Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War.” Today, Victory Day is one of the most important holidays in Russia and Belarus.
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