On 22 February on the eve of the Defenders of the Fatherland Day the Rais (head) of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov took part in a ceremony of unveiling 11 busts of Heroes of Russia at the Heroes Walkway of the Kazan Armor School.
Speaking at the ceremony, he said that on the eve of the 23rd of February the republic traditionally commends defenders and remembers the fallen heroes of the Fatherland. “It is my pleasure to welcome everyone at the ceremony of unveiling busts of tank soldiers, our heroes who gave their lives fulfilling their military duty of protecting our Motherland. We pay homage to our lads, their deeds and feats of arms during military conflicts, counter-terrorist operations and the special military operation. Their names are forever listed in the book of the eternal fame, courage and valour,” Rustam Minnikhanov said.
“Despite the fact that our country has encountered difficult challenges, all together we will overcome all the difficulties. Uniting around our national leader Vladimir Putin and our soldiers, we show the whole world that we are capable of protecting our people and our independence. These colors don’t run and we will win!” he continued.
He expressed deep condolences and support to relatives of the heroes and said: “You must know that their feats will be remembered forever and will become an example of heroism and true service to the Motherland for many generations of young men who will come to the Armor School to dedicate their lives to the armed Forces”.
After national anthems of Tatarstn and Russia were plaid, Rustam Minnikhanov laid flowers to the monuments to Hero Tank Soldiers.