MOSCOW, 27 June (BelTA) - A wreath was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow on behalf of the Belarusian Embassy on 27 June on the occasion of the 78th anniversary of Belarus' liberation from Nazi invaders and Belarus' Independence Day, BelTA has learned.
Wreaths to the Eternal Flame were laid from the Embassy of Belarus in Russia and from the Standing Committee of the Union State.
Taking part in the ceremony were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Vladimir Semashko, State Secretary of the Belarus-Russia Union State Dmitry Mezentsev, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly Yury Vorobyov, Executive Secretary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Belarus-Russia Union State Sergei Strelchenko, diplomats, representatives of integration organizations and the Belarusian diaspora.
Participants of the ceremony also laid flowers at the memorial plates Minsk Hero City and Brest Hero Fortress in the Alexander Garden. The ceremony rounded off with a march-past of the Honor Guard Company of the Preobrazhensky Regiment.
"For Belarus, the day of liberation is a holy holiday," Ambassador Vladimir Semashko told reporters after the ceremony. “On 3 July 1944, Minsk was liberated as a result of the brilliant operation Bagration, and since then this has been a significant date for us. Later we decided to celebrate our main holiday, the Independence Day of Belarus, on this day. Because the question of whether Belarus would live was decided during the Great Patriotic War."