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Withdrawal of Troops from Afghanistan Marked in Chisinau

Withdrawal of Troops from Afghanistan Marked in Chisinau

afganistanOn February 15th 2012 were marked the events dedicated to the 23rd anniversary since the Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan held at the memorial “Feciorilor Patriei – sfinta amintire” from Riscani sector of Chisinau.

The Government authorities and local public administration attended the event and have laid flowers to the monument. A moment of silence was kept by the participants to remember heroes dead in war. The event brought together hundreds of people, mostly war veterans.

In the morning, the veterans took part in a commemoration meeting in Marii Adunari Nationale Square and a divine service was held at the Metropolitan Cathedral to remember the Afghanistan heroes.

The Republic of Moldova Government made the decision to include the Commemoration Day of Soldiers perished in the Afghan War marked February 15 in the official holiday list. The initiative was supported by over eight thousand members of the Union of Afghanistan War Veterans.

Official data show nearly 12 500 Moldovan citizens took part in the Afghan war held during 1979-1989, and 301 of them have perished, four were declared missing and 257 seriously wounded.

The Soviet troops withdrawal from Afghanistan started in 1987. The last units were removed in February 1989.