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MOSCOW, May 9. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has congratulated servicemen and veterans on Victory Day, the Russian Defense Ministry’s website reported Monday.
"Passing through deprivation, anguish and losses, the Soviet people defeated the dreadful enemy, defended the freedom and independence of the Motherland," the ministry said.
"We sacredly keep the memory of those who, not sparing their lives, fought on the fronts, constantly worked in the rear, displaying exceptional selflessness and valor," the statement said.
"The feat of the generation of victors will always be an example of courage, inflexible will and selfless service to the Homeland," it said.