Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent congratulatory messages to the CIS leaders on the 58th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
According to the Kremlin press service, the Russian head of state in particular noted:
"May 9th will always remain a glorious historic date: it reminds us of the prowess of the fighters who defeated fascism and saved humanity from slavery.
"The glorious memory of the feat of arms and labour of our compatriots for the sake of freedom and the happiness of future generations, is still fresh in the hearts of all peoples.
"I'm convinced the power and unity of morale that our peoples demonstrated during the war years will be a good example for next generations to follow." Vladimir Putin also asked heads of state to convey his sincere wish of good health and welfare to the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, of peace and prosperity to the people of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.