DPR Parliament Speaker Vladimir Bidyovka attends events dedicated to 30th anniversary of Soviet troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan

On April 20, DPR People’s Council Chairman Vladimir Bidyovka took part in a number of events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. The meetings were organized by the Union of Afghan Veterans of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Russian Center.

The events were attended by Kirill Makarov, a member of the People’s Council, the head of the Young Republic public movement, Vladimir Savyolov, a deputy of the People’s Council, the head of the DPR Union of Afghan Veterans, Alexander Gromakov, the DPR Minister of Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism, as well as a delegation of the Union of Afghan Veterans of the Russian Federation in the amount of 35 people.

In the capital’s Park of the Leninist Komsomol, a rally and laying of flowers were held at the monument to the internationalist soldiers. Later, at the Military-Historical Museum of the Great Patriotic War of the Donetsk Republican Museum of Local Lore state cultural institution, an international gathering of representatives of unions of Afghan veterans from the DPR, the LPR and the RF was held. Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Bidyovka and deputy of the People’s Council, chairman of the DPR Union of Afghan Veterans Vladimir Savyolov presented 28 Russian Afghans soldiers with commemorative medals “30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.”

In a comment to the press service of the People’s Council, Vladimir Bidyovka focused on the importance of the joint participation of the three countries’ representatives in events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.

“It is particularly important that today there are veterans of the war in Afghanistan from the Russian Federation and the Lugansk People’s Republic, because then, 30 years ago, both they and veterans from our Republic were a united Soviet Army. This means that both victories and losses were our common. This is our common history, this is what unites us now and will always unite.

The war in Afghanistan has left an indelible mark on the history of our country: thousands of Soviet soldiers took part in the fight against international terrorism. This battle was difficult and fierce, but the Soviet troops honourably fulfilled their international duty,” the Speaker of the DPR parliament said.

Vladimir Bidyovka added that within the framework of the events, an agreement was signed on social and cultural cooperation between the public organization “Young Republic” and the All-Russian public organization “Heritage”, as well as tours around the Museum of the Great Patriotic War were provided.

We shall recall that the last units of the Soviet troops left the territory of Afghanistan on February 15, 1989. Fulfilling their international duty, about 10 thousand USSR soldiers perished in the hostilities.

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