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Lukashenko: Fatherland Defenders Day is a holiday for everyone ready to protect state sovereignty

MINSK ( BelTA) – Fatherland Defenders Day is a holiday of courage and patriotism that unites people of different generations. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement during a solemn assembly held on 22 February ahead of Fatherland Defenders Day, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that Fatherland Defenders Day is a holiday of courage and patriotism that unites people of different generations: professional military and everyone who understands the value of peace. “It is a holiday for everyone, who is ready to defend state sovereignty and independence at any time. This is a behest of the heroic generation of winners of the Great Patriotic War,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed.

The president reminded that traditions of military duty and devoted service to one's country were established in a difficult period of time for the young Soviet state – the time of the civil war and counteraction of foreign intervention. The first few victories tempered the spirit of the Red Army soldiers and became a reference point of the heroic history of Belarus' Armed Forces, he said.

“A liberating march of the Red Army, which re-united Belarus in its ethnical borders, was a glorious page in this history. And in 1941 officers and soldiers of the Belarusian Military District had to stand against the unbelievably atrocious and inhumane fascist aggression,” the Belarusian leader said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko also bestowed government awards upon military personnel during the solemn assembly in the Palace of the Republic. Dmitry Belyavsky was awarded an Order of Military Glory in recognition of exemplary service in the course of carrying out special tasks in Kazakhstan as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's collective peacemaking forces. Sergei Andreyev, Igor Gil, and Sergei Krasovsky were awarded Orders for Service to the Motherland.

The head of state bestowed Combat Service Medals upon Yevgeny Borodavkin, Viktor Kosenkov, and Valery Makarevich.

“Parting with you today, I'd like to once again remind you and ask you to live the life you've lived up till this very day. Work, vacation, marriages, fun, children, education – all of it continues. We, men live for all those things to always be like that and continue. May you be happy!” Aleksandr Lukashenko said in conclusion.