Alexander Kuranov. The fact that the territory of Slovakia from the Nazis was released, most importantly, the soldiers of the red Army, is unequivocal about the events of those days one must remember, said Tuesday Prime Minister Robert fico at the ceremony, commemorative milestone in the history of the country - the Day of victims of Dukla, said.
in September-October 1944, the red Army was held in the Carpathian-Dukla offensive operation in order to provide support beginning in the late summer of 1944 the anti-fascist Slovak national uprising. October 6, fighters of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps, which was part of the 38th Army of the 1st Ukrainian front, were taken by assault the well-fortified common is the pass, through which the warriors went within Czechoslovakia.
"I appreciate every sacrifice, every soldier who participated in battles after the opening of the 2nd front for the liberation of Europe (from the Nazis) from the West, but the undeniable fact is that the territory of Slovakia was liberated, most importantly, the red Army soldiers," said fico in the process gala event held on Tuesday in the field of past battles in the area of today's Slovak-Polish border.
The Prime Minister also drew attention to the merits of soldiers of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps, most of them during the storming of the pass have lost their lives or were injured." Here were fought among the Slovaks and the Czechs, and this puts us Among the peoples who have the ability to state that were the victors of the Second world war, " - said fico.
according to him, the memory of the heroes of the Carpathian-Dukla operation ought to cherish." Tell your children and grandchildren about what happened here, because such a significant operations within the Slovak Republic was little, and I'm very sad that so little is known, " he said, referring to the many who attended the memorial ceremony.
for its part, the Slovak Director Andrej Pussy after laying a wreath at the monument to the Czechoslovak soldiers said " Dukla reminds us about the Fact that the independence of their country you can lose very quickly, but in order to get it back, I must fight hard, winning meter after meter - as it happened during the Carpathian-Dukla operation."