VITEBSK DISTRICT, 21 September (BelTA) – The Moldovan soldiers who were killed in the battles to liberate Belarus during the Great Patriotic War were commemorated in Vitebsk District on 21 September, BelTA has learned.
The commemorative ceremony was held in the war cemetery in the agro-town of Vorony holding the remains of more than 8,000 soldiers and partisans killed during the war. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Moldova to Belarus Victor Sorocean, Chairman of the Vitebsk District Executive Committee Gennady Sabynich, representatives of the Senno, Dubrovno, Gorodok, Liozno and Beshenkovichi local administration who brought the soil from local war graves that hold the remains of the Moldovan soldiers. The event gathered a large number of local residents, youth.
Gennady Sabynich emphasized the importance of today's event. “More than 60,000 Soviet soldiers and partisans sacrificed their lives in the battles to liberate our district. Shoulder to shoulder the Belarusians fought together with representatives of other ethnicities: Russians, Georgians, Kazakhs, Moldovans. According to the established data, more than 30 Moldovan soldiers have been put to rest in the war cemeteries in Vitebsk District, Beshenkovichi District , Gorodok District, Liozno District , Dubrovno District and Senno District,” Gennady Sabynich said.
Ambassador Victor Sorocean drew attention to the symbolism of the day when the ceremony was held. 21 September marks the International Day of Peace. “May this day of peace last forever,” the diplomat said.
According to him, the Moldovan Embassy in Belarus started the project to commemorate Moldovan soldiers killed during the liberation of Belarus in Bobruisk in 2017. Vitebsk District hosted the last ceremony on 21 September. All the soil will be collected in two capsules. One of them will be put in the crypt of the Minsk Church of All Saints on 14 October. The other will be sent to Moldova to be placed at the Serpeni Springboard memorial complex.
“I am deeply grateful to all Belarusian authorities. I visited all Belarusian regions and I witnessed great responsibility everywhere. The Belarusian people honor the memory of those who was killed during that terrible war, which deserves a profound respect. The war still echoes with pain in every person's heart. Our duty is to pass this memory to next generations. They need to remember what a war is and to honor the people who gave us peace,” the ambassador said.
The diplomat assured that the fraternal people of Belarus and Moldova will always live in peace and harmony.
Vitebsk Oblast is home to more than 1,300 war graves that hold the remains of over 400,000 soldiers who fought to liberate Belarus during the war.More about Society