Aleksandr Lukashenko sends Independence Day greetings

    Dear compatriots,

    I congratulate you on the main national holiday – the Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus (Republic Day).

    This memorable date in the historical calendar of our country symbolizes liberation of the Belarusian nation from Nazi invaders. Seventy years ago we defended the peaceful future of the Homeland, and we must preserve this priceless legacy for our descendants.

    Today we remember fallen heroes: soldiers of the Red Army, partisans and underground fighters. Sparing no effort and sometimes lives they secured the Victory in that heinous war.

    Peoples of the Soviet Union fought together, defeated the common enemy and liberated the mankind from fascist slavery.

    There were many obstacles on the way to independence. Thanks to the selfless work and help of brotherly Soviet peoples we restored the country from ruins, gained the right to determine our future and took a worthy place in the global community.

    Over these years we have become stronger, wiser and are ready to respond to any modern challenges.

    On this great day I wish you strong health, happiness and productive work for the benefit of the Fatherland. May peace and wellbeing reign in your homes!

    Happy Independence Day, dear friends!

    Aleksandr Lukashenko