On May 9, President Raul Khadzhimba congratulated the veterans and all people of the Republic of Abkhazia on the Victory Day of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
Dear veterans! Dear citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia!
I sincerely congratulate you on the great holiday – the 74th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Today we honour and remember those who led a selfless and nationwide fight against the world evil of Nazism.
Victory was achieved at an irrecoverable cost. It was won by the blood and courage of millions of people who fought to death against a merciless enemy on the war’s frontlines and by the heroic deeds of those serving on the home front.
The Republic of Abkhazia occupies an honourable place in the historical chronicle of the war of liberation of the Soviet people. More than 55 thousand people, natives of Abkhazia, were called into the ranks of the Soviet Army and the Navy. 17.5 thousand defenders of the Fatherland lost their lives in battle.
Our sacred duty is to preserve and pass on to the younger generations the memory of these heroic deeds of fearlessness and fortitude.
Strong health and longevity to you, dear veterans! Peace and prosperity to all people of the Republic of Abkhazia!