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Greetings to Ukrainian Great Patriotic War veterans

May 8, 2022

Vladimir Putin has sent his Victory Day greetings to Ukrainian veterans of the Great Patriotic War.

The message reads, in part:

”I warmly congratulate you on our great and common holiday – Victory Day.

Seventy-seven years ago, thanks to the courage and heroism of the front-line soldiers and partisans, and the tenacity and selflessness of the workers on the home front, fascism, which sought to enslave Europe and caused pain and suffering to tens of millions of people, was crushed. The immeasurable sacrifices made in the name of the common Victory became a guarantee for our life and freedom. This memory cannot fall into oblivion.

Unfortunately, today Nazism is once again raising its head and trying to impose its barbaric, inhuman order. Our sacred duty is to prevent the retaliation of the ideological heirs of those who were defeated in the  Great Patriotic War.

I sincerely wish the Ukrainian veterans of the Great Patriotic War the strength of their hearts, good health and long life, and to all the people of Ukraine a peaceful and just future.“

May 8, 2022