Poland Remembers Soviet Soldiers
Who Liberated Warsaw

WARSAW (RIA Novosti, by Leonid Sviridov) – Poland will always remember Soviet soldiers who liberated Warsaw 60 years ago, Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski told RIA Novosti in an interview on Monday.

On Monday an official ceremony of laying flowers to the monument on the memorial cemetery was held in the center of Warsaw. Here lie the remains of 22,000 Soviet soldiers who died in the liberation of the Polish capital 60 years ago, in January 1945.

"It is the day of memory of those who liberated Warsaw 60 years ago. We will always remember the soldiers who set free Warsaw and Poland," Mr. Szmajdzinski said.

The Poles will always remember "the 600,000 graves of deceased soldiers of the great Soviet Union, who did everything possible for the liberation from the Hitlerite yoke," the Polish defense minister said.

Poland remembers these victims and "this is why we are together here at this memorial today. It was a truly combat brotherhood," the stressed.

The RIA Novosti correspondent reports that the ceremony was attended by Russian ambassador to Poland Nikolai Afanasyevsky, Belarussian ambassador Pavel Latushko, Armenian ambassador Ashot Ovakimyan, as well as representatives of the diplomatic missions of Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

Representatives of the Polish president, Interior Ministry, Veterans Committee, different public and war veterans organizations, Poland-East and Poland-Russia societies arrived to honor the memory of Soviet soldiers who fell 60 years ago in liberating Warsaw from German Nazi invaders.