The message reads, in part:
”Twenty-nine years ago, on February 15, 1989, the combat mission of the Limited Contingent of Soviet Forces in Afghanistan came to an end.
Thousands of our compatriots – soldiers, officers, and civilian specialists – performed their duty with dignity and honour. Operating in the harshest of conditions, they invariably demonstrated high professionalism, courage, and remarkable human qualities, and remained loyal to their oath and our Fatherland. Many did not return home, but the memory of the fallen heroes will forever live in the hearts of their families, friends and fellow soldiers – in our hearts.
Today, our country depends on the responsible patriotic and civic position of Afghan war veterans, their knowledge and experience. Combat veterans serve in the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, engage in meaningful public service, and make a significant contribution to the upbringing of younger generations. Of course, it is comforting to know that they support the families of their fallen comrades and cherish the traditions of combat brotherhood.“