MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
On February 15 at 11:00, servicemen of the 58th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District (YuVO) and representatives of the Union of Afghan Veterans will lay flowers and wreaths at the monument to soldiers-internationalists in the Afghan park in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia).
The servicemen will honor the memory of compatriots who showed dedication and devotion to the Motherland while participating in hostilities abroad.
The events will be attended by the Deputy Commander of the 58th Army of the Southern Military District, Colonel Andrey Lukyanenko, Chairman of the Russian Union of Afghanistan Veterans in North Ossetia-Alania Sergey Pkhalagov, relatives of the fallen soldiers-internationalists, as well as a fireworks group, twin sentries and a military band of the motorized rifle division of the Southern Military District …
The Day of Remembrance of the Russians who performed their official duties outside the Fatherland is timed to coincide with the completion of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan in 1989. During the fighting on the territory of this country in the period from 1979 to 1989, about 15 thousand Soviet servicemen were killed.
According to the Ministry of Defense, after the end of World War II, 1.5 million Soviet and Russian citizens took part in more than 30 wars and armed conflicts outside the country in several dozen states in Asia, Africa and Latin America – Afghanistan, Angola, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Korea, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Cuba, the republics of the former USSR, Yugoslavia and others. About 25 thousand Soviet and Russian citizens were killed in the line of duty abroad.
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