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9 May 2019, 12:40

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Pasechnik extends best Victory Day wishes to LPR residents at Lugansk parade (PHOTOS)

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LUGANSK, May 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik extended his best wishes to the Republic’s residents on Victory Day.

“Dear compatriots, I offer my best wishes on the Great Victory holiday which brings together happiness, memories and grief,” Pasechnik said. “May 9 is special to everybody as nearly every family has relatives among the selfless fighters for the freedom of our Fatherland.”

He thanked WWII veterans and homefront workers who had brought the peace closer “with deeds, not words.”

“Today, I proudly say that we are a generation of victors,” Pasechnik said. “May the memory and honour of Great Patriotic War victors be everlasting. May the living have a healthy and long life. I wish all LPR residents robust health, well-being and long-awaited peace.”

The Victory Day is celebrated on May 9 in Russia and post-Soviet countries, while Europeans mark it on May 8, due to the fact that the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender took place late on May 8 in Karlshorst, Berlin, when it was already May 9 in Moscow.

The V-Day has become one of the most important days on the year calendar in Russia and Post-Soviet countries, as the WWII, the deadliest military conflict in human history, claimed at least 26.6 million lives of Soviet warriors and civilians, and a total of 70-85 million people perished in its inferno.

Many Western researchers admit that the Red Army was the main engine of Nazism's destruction and played the major role in curbing Hitler's initiative to depopulate whole swaths of Europe as a site for German Lebensraum.

LuganskMediaCentre — 09 May — Lugansk