Seventy-six years ago, on 22 June 1941, the Great Patriotic War, the bloodiest and most destructive war in the history of our Motherland, began.

The war entered every house, every family, having ploughed people's peaceful life with tank track, with bombing, occupation, echelons, death camps, famine and slave labour, once and for all. Every family has its own story, its own destiny, but they all share one thing – the price that our people paid for the Great Victory.

Today is our true day of remembrance and sorrow for all the dead and all those whose life was crippled by that terrible war. Every second Ukrainian who went to the front did not return home. Every second of those who survived, returned disabled. Ukraine lost every fifth citizen over these black 1,418 days.

Their act of courage is unfadable! The memory of them is eternal!