Honouring victims of Second World War


2023 05 08

Photo by Alfredas Pliadis / MOD

On 8 May, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Second World War, flowers were laid, on behalf of Prime Minister Ingrid Šimonytė, at the Paneriai Memorial and at the monument to Taras Shevchenko, a writer and a leader of the Ukrainian national movement.

‘The Second World War took millions of lives, and it is still difficult to grasp the scale and consequences of the terrible Holocaust. The aftermath of the war also claimed many victims, including the deaths of countless participants in the armed anti-Soviet resistance and the deportation of thousands of people in Lithuania and other Soviet-occupied countries. However, the resistance, which took other forms, existed throughout the years of the occupation and led us to March 11th,’ said Prime Minister Šimonytė.

According to the Prime Minister, the victims of the Second World War oblige us today to make every effort to ensure that Russia's brutal aggression against Ukraine is harnessed as soon as possible and that peace prevails in this country and in Europe. Ukraine's freedom is the freedom of the whole democratic world.