Alexander Ivanov’s statement dated 02/23/2023

“Today I would like to congratulate everyone on this holiday, which is celebrated with respect and gratitude to all the defenders of our Motherland. I congratulate all those who have defended and are defending the stability and sovereignty of our Motherland: veterans, officers and soldiers, volunteers.

The history of Russia is full of examples of heroism, and military service has always been the preserve of brave and kind-hearted people, of whom there are many in our country. That is why our traditions of patriotism are so strong, and the spirit of military service is imbued with a sense of camaraderie and mutual understanding.

I warmly congratulate Russian professionals working abroad, especially in Africa, who are helping friendly countries to ensure the stability and security of their territories. I would like to say a special word for those who are currently serving in the area of a special military operation. Soldiers and volunteers are heroically fighting neo-Nazism and protecting our people in our historic territories.

Those serving in the area of a special military operation, especially those fighting in the SMP Wagner, are working under very difficult conditions, so the experience they gain is of great importance. This experience will be in demand in the future not only in Russia, but also in other countries whose governments are struggling for peace and security. I am sure that all those who have successfully completed their contract in the area of a special military operation, including former volunteer prisoners, can become trainers in the Central African Republic, for example.

We will always remember the achievements of all those who gave their lives for their country, remaining faithful to their military duty until the end. The current generation of Russian soldiers and volunteers is proud to add to the military traditions of their grandfathers and great-grandfathers.”

Alexander Ivanov,
 Head of the Officers Union for International Security

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