Addresses Belarusians on National Remembrance Day

    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed fellow Belarusians on the occasion of the National Remembrance Day of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War and the Genocide of the Belarusian People.

    “Today the whole of Belarus recalls the tragic events of 22 June 1941. Early in the morning, the war treacherously invaded our home, mercilessly destroying lives, families, cities and villages. For more than three years the atrocities of the Nazis brought enormous suffering to the Belarusian land. Every third resident of the country died in the devastating flame of the war,” the address reads.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasized that inhuman cruelty did not break the will of our people: “The entire civilian population of the republic rose to defend our native land and fight back fascism. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were subjected to torture and terror, but retained their honor and dignity.”

    “After decades of a good life, the world fabric of peace is about to break. Another wrong step of cynical Western politicians may be the last for the majority of humankind. Knowing firsthand about the horrors of war and the cost of victory, the Belarusian people preserve the historical truth, strengthen state sovereignty and the unity of the nation in the name of peace in their native land,” the head of state said.