Ambassador Andrei Kelin's message on the occasion of the 76th Anniversary of Victory Day

Dear compatriots!

I wish to congratulate everyone on the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War!

The historical significance of this event cannot be overstated. The foundations of the modern world order are rooted in our Victory over Nazism.

The legacy of the Great Victory remains relevant to this day: Europe and the world free from Nazism were made possible by the incredible act of heroism of the Soviet soldiers and the peoples of our country. Let us not forget how, in the face of ordeals, the Allies have joined forces for the sake of peace and humanity.

The Victory Day is our common celebration of remembrance and pride in true brotherhood-in-arms of the Soviet and British people. This year we are also celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first arctic convoy “Dervish”, which arrived safely from Liverpool to the port of Archangelsk with vital cargo for the Red Army. Memory of this and other heroic examples of joint struggle and mutual aid lives on. I should also remind you of the twin-city relations between Volgograd and Coventry, which began during the bitter years of war.

For the second year in a row, the commemorative events of the Victory Day are being held in the shadow of the pandemic. Nonetheless, we all hope that its hardships will soon be overcome. The forthcoming lifting of the restrictions will allow for the events marking the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the War to take place in June, including here at the Soviet War Memorial, as well as in Belfast, Leeds, Manchester, Errol and others.

I wish to extend my sincere congratulations with the Victory Day to our compatriots and veterans of the Great Patriotic War, who fought selflessly on the front lines and on the home front, readily laying down their lives in the name of freedom of our Homeland and all humanity! Wherever they are, the veterans should know that back in Russia their heroism and commitment to the ideals of freedom and justice is always remembered and much-revered.

We all owe you a great debt of gratitude!

We bow our heads and wish you the very best of health!