On September 30, on the day of Victory in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba made a speech at the festive procession of the pedestrian columns of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Abkhazia.
Dear veterans, compatriots and guests of our Republic!
Today we celebrate the greatest event in the modern history of our people – Victory in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993.
24 years ago, our brave soldiers liberated the entire territory of Abkhazia from Georgian conquerors and put an end to a war full of bloodshed which was imposed on us.
In the difficult and fateful period of our Homeland, our brothers stood by our side – volunteers from North Caucasus and the South of Russia, and the representatives of the diaspora from the Middle East! Here, in the course of fierce fights for the liberation of Abkhazia, the unity of brotherly nations was forged, nations who were fighters for the peace and justice on the long-suffering Abkhazian land.
Truth and justice were on our side. We had bravery, courage and heroism because we were defending the most valuable thing – our Homeland and our friends and relatives.
Thousands of the best sons and daughters of Apsny were sacrificed for Victory, and also the lives of our brothers who came to our help in the difficult moment. Eternal glory to the heroes!
We have won the war and have earned with our blood the right to live in a free, independent and prosperous state, to bring up children and to think about the future.
On this festive day, I wish you all happiness, prosperity and a peaceful sky above your heads.
Happy Victory and Independence Day!