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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said that it is a matter of honour to establish the names of all those who died fighting for Ukraine during the Great Patriotic War (World War II).
"The current and future generations should know all about that terrible war, as well as about every drop of blood and every tear spilled. The hard truth about the Great Patriotic War is still with us. Saviours of Ukraine were buried in 28 thousand mass graves. The names of many of them were lost in a terrible whirlpool of retreat and encirclement, breakthroughs and deadly attacks. It is a matter of honour to establish the names of all those who died fighting for our land," he said at events to mark the 72nd anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 in Kyiv on Friday, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
"Over 470 thousand soldiers, guerillas and civilians were killed while crossing the Dnipro River and in the heavy battle for Kyiv – the best sons and daughters of our people. They paid with their own lives to do a great deed, and honorably accomplished their historic mission. Ukraine paid a high price for liberation from Nazi invasion – we lost about 10 million human lives," Yanukovych said.
The head of state paid tribute to those killed in war and laid a wreath at the war memorial at the Battle for Kyiv in 1943 National Museum-Reserve.