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Lukashenko: Belarus salutes selflessness of Great Patriotic War heroes

MINSK (BelTA) - Belarus salutes the selflessness of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during a ceremony to lay flowers at the Victory Monument to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian head of state wished Happy Victory Day to compatriots, war veterans and guests of Belarus on the holiday and stressed that the victory in the Great Patriotic War returned people the right for a free and peaceful life.

“We salute the selflessness of all those who bore the brunt of the war and showed no mercy to the enemy from the very first days of the war, those who fought sacrificing their lives, those who worked hard to help front-line solders and demonstrated their fearless resistance to the invaders on the occupied lands,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

The president noted that the Belarusian land was bathed in the tears of children, women and old people and burnt in fire.

“We, living here today, must remember the heroic feat of our people. The war did not only destroy lives and stole dreams, but also left a deep scar in the hearts of Belarusians,” the head of state said.

The participants and guests of the solemn ceremony observed a minute of silence in tribute to the memory of those killed in the Great Patriotic War.