On November 6 President Victor Yushchenko took part in a ceremony to lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Glory Park to mark Liberation Day.

In an interview for reporters he said, “We would like to demonstrate that we remember each soldier that battled for Kyiv.”

Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov, NSDCU Secretary Anatoly Kinakh, Defense Minister Anatoly Gritsenko, Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, Kyiv Mayor Alexander Omelchenko and WWII veterans attended the ceremony, the President’s press service told.

They silently honored all who perished in that war. Then the Ministry Orchestra performed the national anthem. Six artillery volleys were fired.

The Head of State spoke with veterans that had taken part in battles to liberate Kyiv. Then he told the reporters there were only 23 of them, and they had no status of the participant of military operations.

“We decided that the Defense Minister should enlist them, for they are real soldiers,” he said.

Yushchenko added that he was ready to sign an order to grant this honorary status to them.


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