Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov has greeted infantry soldiers on their professional day.
"Glorious infantrymen! I sincerely congratulate you on the holiday! You are the embodiment of the most powerful component of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, on which the strength and confidence of every citizen of Ukraine in the guaranteed security of sovereignty, inviolability and freedom of expression of will are based," he said in a greeting address, the NSDC's press service reports.
According to Turchynov, Ukraine's foreign partners highly appreciate infantry soldiers' participation in international peacekeeping operations.
"Sincere gratitude to all the infantry for service, courage and heroism, expressed in the struggle for freedom, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine! Ukrainian people are proud of their sons! You are an example of the best qualities of human and military nature, valor and courage that were clearly manifested in times of repelling Russia's aggression. During all wars, the greatest burden, the most difficult ordeals lie on the shoulders of infantrymen, and it is the infantry that always bears the gravest losses," he said.
"On this day, we bow our heads to the bright memory of the infantry soldiers who gave their lives for the peaceful future of Ukraine. May the memory and respect for fallen heroes live forever! Sincere gratitude to the veterans who faithfully convey the gained experience to the young generation!" Turchynov said.