As Ukraine marks the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived on a working trip to Luhansk region, where he visited the village of Milove near the border with Russia, to commemorate those killed in World War II.
The president visited the "Ukraine to Liberators" memorial complex in Milove. He laid flowers at the Eternal Flame, as well as set candle lamps near the monument there – a statue of a soldier who has taken off his hat to pay tribute to his native land and a woman freed from Nazi captivity who leans on his chest, as reported by the president's press service.
The basement of the monument contains a museum. It is part of the memorial complex in the village's center. Next to the monument, there is a mass grave. Hundreds of known and unknown soldiers who had died during the liberation of Milove were buried there. Some 1,066 names of fallen heroes are engraved on 27 memorial plaques at the mass grave.
Moreover, the village of Pivnivka is not far from that place. It became the first populated locality where the expulsion of Nazi invaders from Ukrainian land began in December 1942.
UNIAN memo. The Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation has been marked in Ukraine since 2015.
This holiday was established by a presidential decree "to commemorate the feat of the Ukrainian people, their outstanding contribution to the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition in World War II and show respect to all fighters against Nazism."