Yanukovych: We should find ways of reconciliation between all parties participating in World War II
President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has noted the importance of finding ways of reconciliation between all the parties participating in World War II.
"We should look for inner peace and tranquility in the dialogue between Ukrainians and the descendants of Ukrainians who were separated by the war into warring camps. Each party has to try to understand another position, understand that we are to be together, live in one country, build a common future," the head of state said at the ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War in the Ukraina National Palace of Arts in Kyiv on Thursday.
He added that the world history knows many examples of reconciliation between former adversaries.
The president expressed confidence that the Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism left in the past forever and would never come back.
"Democracy, freedom and justice, spirituality, life and the potential of each individual are our common values of the national movement forward," said Yanukovych.
The president said that one of the main lessons of the war is that the strength of the Ukrainian people is in unity.
"Our state has passed a long hard way. And today we can say that we kept the unified and diverse Ukraine, regained its statehood and laid the foundation for its future in the circle of developed European nations," said the president.