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09 May 2023, 11:00

Belarusians remember WW2 horrors, determined not to allow those events to repeat

SMOLEVICHI DISTRICT, 9 May (BelTA) – Belarusians remember horrors of the war. The key thing is to prevent the repeat of those events. Chairman of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Aleksandr Turchin made the statement for reporters at the Mound of Glory on 9 May when a delegation of the Minsk Oblast administration laid flowers at the memorial in honor of those, who fell during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Turchin said: “Every time I drive by the Mound of Glory, I get complicated feelings: unrest is mixed with joy and a festive mood. Fortunately, our generation did not see the horrors of the war but we remember them from tales of grandmothers and grandfathers. These days the key thing is not to win a war. The key thing is to prevent.”

Aleksandr Turchin
Aleksandr Turchin

According to the Minsk Oblast governor, people need to appreciate peaceful sky above their heads. He drew attention to words of the president: it is better to fight for harvest in the field than fight with weapons in hands in the same field.

“I should give proper credit to the president, who does his best to prevent wars in our land. Belarus has exhausted its limit of wars over the course of history,” Aleksandr Turchin said.

Key events in Minsk Oblast traditionally take place at the Mound of Glory on Victory Day. The congratulatory message sent by the governor to residents on the occasion of Victory Day reads that Belarusians faced a most serious test, but their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers persevered by showing heroism and courage. Only a strong and united people could defeat the enemy. The people Belarusians were in the distant 1940s and the people Belarusians are now.

Memory of the war still lives in every Belarusian family. “Our nation bows low to veterans and all the fallen heroes. We have to do everything to prevent a repeat of such tragedies in our land. To accomplish that, it is necessary to honor our history, love the Motherland, and take good care of everything we have,” the congratulatory message reads.

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