MOSCOW, February 23 – RIA Novosti. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu congratulated the veterans and active military on the Defender of the Fatherland Day, he noted that this holiday personifies the heroic pages of the military chronicle of Russia. “The holiday is rightfully national and embodies the heroic pages of the military chronicle of our country … We honor all who served and serve, who fought for the freedom and independence of the Motherland, bow our heads to the memory of those who did not return from the battlefields. Special words of gratitude and respect deserve the veterans of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, the generation of winners who saved the country and peace from Nazism “, – says the congratulatory order to Shoigu.
The minister added that the immortal feat of veterans will always be an example of dedication, courage and selfless service to the country.
Shoigu added that the Russian military is continuously improving their professional training, mastering modern technology, solving important tasks to strengthen the country's defense and protect its national interests.