President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
"The most crucial and fiercest battles on the Eastern Front involved Ukraine. Twenty-nine out of seventy-six military operations were held on our territory. Ukrainians fought in the Red Army, the Soviet guerrilla forces, the European resistance groups; as part of the Canadian, American, Australian, British armies. Tens of millions more worked in the rear. All those, who want to diminish the role of Ukraine in the anti-Hitler coalition and in the liberation of Europe from the brown plague, should come to understand this. It always has been and always will be our victory!" Poroshenko said.
He recalled that Ukraine had joined the European countries in marking the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation last year.
"This new tradition in no way substitutes, but rather complements and enhances our state holiday – the Day of Victory over Nazism in the World War II," the Head of State stressed.