Greetings on the Day of Fatherland Defenders

    Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has extended greetings to soldiers and veterans of the Armed Forces and all compatriots on the Day of Fatherland Defenders and the Armed Forces of Belarus on 23 February.

    According to the head of state, this holiday has become a symbol of the continuity of heroism and the feat of arms of soldiers of many generations. “On this day we remember and thank the officers and soldiers of the Great Patriotic War who defended their native land with arms in their hands, we pay tribute to the veterans of the Armed Forces and the Afghan soldiers who fulfilled their military and international duty with honor and dignity,” the message said.

    “Today the glorious traditions of military service are carried on by everyone who in our turbulent times has chosen a noble profession to serve the Fatherland, everyone who is ready to defend peace and independence of Belarus. You are an example of true patriotism, courage and valor,” said the President.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko expressed confidence that the Armed Forces would remain a reliable guarantor of peace, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Belarusian state. He wished everyone strong health, wellbeing and new accomplishments for the benefit of Belarus.