Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates veterans on Victory Day

Dear veterans! Please accept my warmest and most cordial congratulations on the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War!

May 9, 1945 ended the most terrible and bloody war in the history of mankind. In those terrible years, when fascist hordes invaded our land, its best sons and daughters stood up to defend the Motherland.
The Kalmyk people made a worthy contribution to the common Victory. On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, shoulder to shoulder with other peoples of the USSR, defending the Fatherland, 43,210 natives of the republic fought. For military merits, about four thousand soldiers from our republic were awarded orders and medals. 22 warriors from Kalmykia who showed exceptional courage and heroism were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

Today, we remember war veterans and those who worked for the Victory. We have no right to consign to oblivion the feat of our fathers and grandfathers. Dear veterans! Your immortal feat will always live in our memory as an example of valour, honour, fearlessness and devotion to the Motherland! Low bow to you! Peace and goodness!