MINSK, 22 June (BelTA) – The delegates of the Belarusian People's Congress observed a minute of silence in the memory of the victims of the Great Patriotic War on 22 June, BelTA has learned.
In his opening speech Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko noted that everyone has come to the forum to discuss different issues. “However, while traveling from various corners of our small and compact country to Minsk we all caught ourselves thinking that we live in a beautiful country,” said the head of state.
“Today we are marking the 75th anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War. This anniversary is a tragic event. One third of the Belarusian population was killed, died of wounds. It took us many years to make up for the horrible losses of that war. Our compatriots died for us, for today's life and beauty I have mentioned before. Let us be grateful heirs of that Victory,” Alexander Lukashenko said.