The message reads, in part:
“February 15, 1989 is an unforgettable date for those who saw combat and for our entire people. On that day the last columns of military vehicles, soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army left the territory of Afghanistan and came home.
In difficult conditions far from home, service members and civil specialists faithfully performed their duty and upheld the interests of the Fatherland, demonstrating supreme professionalism, unparalleled courage and strength of mind as they carried out their serious mission.
Today, you veterans do not shy away from important deeds. You play an active role in the life of the country and society, keeping faith with the wartime brotherhood forged on Afghan soil. You help people with disabilities and families of fallen heroes, and devote special attention to the patriotic upbringing of the younger generation.”