Most of the inhabitants of Moldova honor the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow, because they remember and appreciate the contribution of the Soviet people to the victory over fascism. This was announced on Wednesday, June 22, by the ex-president of the republic, Igor Dodon.
“It was on this day in the summer of 1941 that the Great Patriotic War began. Both our grandfathers and great-grandfathers participated in the battle of the Soviet people against the fascist invaders, unprecedented in its scale and fierceness, on this day we mourn for all those who fell in the battles for the liberation of the Fatherland, we bow to the surviving veterans for their heroism and service to the Motherland ” , — he wrote in his Telegram channel.
He added that attempts to rewrite history, downplay or distort the contribution of the Soviet people to the victory will not succeed.
On June 22, rallies at the Eternal Flame and monuments to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War will be held in all regions of Russia. In addition, at 12:15 Moscow time, an all-Russian minute of silence was announced throughout the country.
A ceremony was held at the Rzhev Memorial to commemorate the night when Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union. As part of the “Candle of Memory” campaign, candles were lit at the memorial, which symbolize sorrow for the exorbitant victims of the USSR during the war years.
The Battle of Rzhev is one of the bloodiest battles of the Great Patriotic War, heavy fighting took place under this city for about a year and a half, and the number of dead Soviet soldiers is in the hundreds of thousands.
On the eve of the Main Temple of the Armed Forces (AF) of the Russian Federation, a particle of the flame of the Eternal Flame was delivered from the memorial complex “Brest Fortress – Hero”.
Also in Russia and Belarus, the patriotic cultural and educational project “Memory Train” dedicated to the Great Patriotic War was launched. The event was attended by 200 schoolchildren from 85 regions of Russia and six regions of Belarus. From June 21 to July 3, participants will travel along the route from Brest to Minsk through Grodno, Vitebsk, Smolensk, Rzhev, Vyazma, Kubinka, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Pskov, Orsha, Mogilev, Gomel.
Military historian, expert of the Russian Military Historical Society (RVIO) Nikita Buranov said that June 22 is a memorable date for Russians: on this day in 1941, the Great Patriotic War began. At the cost of enormous efforts, the people won the Second World War, he added.