On Saturday, the 31st anniversary of the Soviet military force withdrawal from Afghanistan was marked.
Ceremonies to commemorate the soldiers and officers who fought in Afghanistan were held on February 15 in St. Petersburg. Afghan veterans, mothers and widows of combatants came together to remember those who did not return home from that war.
Nikolay Razilaidin, an Afghan veteran, explains: ‘It is an important part of my life. Not far from here, the name of my classmate who died in Afghanistan is set in stone, so my duty is to be here today.’
Commemorative ceremonies were held in the Seraphimovskoe Cemetery, in the Internationalist Soldiers Park, and in the Nevsky District Military Brotherhood Park.
Alexey Gulchuk, head of the Nevsky District, reminds: ‘In 2010 this day was recognized as a day to commemorate al the internationalist soldiers who carried out their duty outside our Fatherland, and now our military forces are carrying out their duty in Syria. On my part, I can only wish peace.’
On February 15, 1989, the last Soviet military detachment left Afghanistan. During the ten years of the Afghan war, over 15 thousand of Soviet soldiers and officers were killed, and hundreds went missing. At present, almost 3 thousand Afghan war veterans live in St. Petersburg.
Photo: St. Petersburg TV channel