On September 30, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba participated in a festive event dedicated to the Victory Day in the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia of 1992-1993, which took place in the R. Gumba Abkhazian State Philharmonic Hall.
I congratulate you on the Day of Victory and Independence, the day in which joy, memory and grief merged together.
In August 1992, our people and the Abkhazian statehood came under threat of destruction. Overwhelmed by aggressive nationalism, Georgia decided to end the “Abkhazian question” once and for all and embarked on the criminal path of military aggression.
The life of our people changed in an instant.
In a war full of bloodshed which was imposed on us, the brightest in history expression of the brave and freedom-loving Abkhazian spirit took place. Truth was on our side, which is why we could not help but win. By defeating the enemy, the people of Abkhazia finally and irrevocably affirmed their right to life, liberty and independence.
September 30, 1993, became not only a part of history but also a part of the identity and self-consciousness of the people as a moment of the triumph of the highest justice. It was a happy moment of gaining of the long-awaited freedom and independence.
Then, under the leadership of the commander-in-chief Vladislav Ardzinba, we were united to such a point that no single outside force could defeat us. In this unity and loyalty to the Homeland, the inner power of our people, their high dignity and confidence in victory have manifested themselves.
The sacrifice that our people have made in the name of Victory is huge and irreplaceable. We bow down before the memory of thousands of sons and daughters of Apsny who shed blood for the life and happiness of their children, friends, mothers and fathers, for all of us. Eternal memory to the heroes!
Brothers from the republics of North Caucasus, volunteers from Russia and Pridnestrovie, and the foreign diaspora did not leave us alone in this difficult moment. The contribution of the volunteer movement to the Victory is impossible to overestimate.
Once again, we deeply bow down to the mothers who brought up sincere and brave daughters and sons – a generation of victors. We are forever indebted to those who decided that to defend the freedom of Apsny was their sacred duty.
Today we honour the veterans of the Patriotic War of the People of Abkhazia. We thank them for their courage and bravery, honour and dignity. Our veterans are a living example to the young generation. They actively participate in state-building and work to preserve the highest value of patriotism in our people. Our task is to do everything to provide the war veterans with a decent life.
Victory opened up unprecedented opportunities and prospects before our people. Today Abkhazia is an internationally recognised and sovereign state. We have a lot of work to do to provide our citizens with a decent and prosperous life. Only by uniting and by overcoming the disputes that stand in the way of our common task, we can fully implement the ideals of the great Victory.
I wish peace, happiness and well-being to every home and prosperity to our Homeland.
Happy Victory and Independence Day!