On September 30, on the Victory Day of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba addressed the participants of the movement “The immortal regiment”.
Dear citizens of the Republic of Abkhazia!
Today our people celebrate the 24th anniversary of the liberation of the Republic of Abkhazia from Georgian occupation forces. The unity of our people, the steadfastness of their spirit, the belief in justice and the sacrifice of our glorious fighters became the ideological and moral foundation, the source of sacred Victory over the enemy who expected to achieve the goal of conquering Abkhazia within a few days. However, the plan of strategists from Tbilisi failed, as the operation “Mech” (“Sword”) and the plan of blitzkrieg met with fierce resistance from the defenders of our Fatherland.
Since the first day of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia, volunteers from North Caucasus and the South of Russia fought side by side with us. Overcoming extreme difficulties and obstacles, our compatriots from the countries of the Middle East were coming to our help.
At the source of our victory and independence, there stood Vladislav Ardzinba who bravely withstood all the difficulties and incredible obstacles which were created by the international forces that supported the regime of Shevardnadze.
Our movement “The immortal regiment” is another bright demonstration of our unity, it is a symbol of the indestructibility of our spirit and of the historical memory of our people.
We bow down before the holy memory of all who died as heroes, inch by inch liberating our Fatherland from the hostile Georgian forces. We are deeply grateful to the mothers and fathers of the fallen soldiers, who continue to make their honourable contribution to the fight for peace and stability on the long-suffering land of Apsny.
We will do everything so that the free and independent Republic of Abkhazia, which was recognised by the Russian Federation and other friendly states, would successfully move forward on the way of independent development.
Dear friends! Dear veterans! Dear guests!
I sincerely congratulate you on the Day of Victory and Independence of our Republic. I wish you strong health, happiness and prosperity! Happy Victory Day!