Russian Armed Forces' Victory Inevitable, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Says
09:06 GMT 31.12.2022 (Updated: 10:11 GMT 31.12.2022)
© Sputnik / Russian Defense MinistryRussian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu
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In his New Year message to Russian servicemen on Saturday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in particular, signaled Moscow's readiness to fight for the right to speak Russian.
In his New Year message to the Russian servicemen, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu thanked them for their courage and heroism in the performance of military duty during Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, and wished them clear skies.
Shoigu also pointed to "serious trials that have changed the usual course of time" in 2022.
"The outgoing year will forever go down in the military chronicles of the Fatherland, filled with your immortal deeds, selfless courage and heroism in the fight against neo-Nazism and terrorism. I thank you all for your service and loyalty to the oath!" the Russian defense minister stressed.
He recalled that external forces are now trying to cross out the glorious history and great achievements of Russia as they demolish monuments to the winners over fascism and place war criminals on pedestals. According to Shoigu, everything that is related to Russia is canceled and defiled.
Under such circumstances, Shoigu stressed, the New Year remains not only a good tradition, but also acquires a deep meaning, becoming a symbol of hope for a peaceful future.
He also praised Russian soldiers for “heroically fulfilling combat missions to protect the national interests and security of Russia,” adding that they are celebrating the coming New Year away from their relatives as they resolve “the most difficult tasks in the course of the special military operation.”
"In the coming year, I want to wish everyone good health, fortitude, reliable and devoted comrades and, of course, clear skies! Our victory, like the New Year, is inevitable!" Shoigu emphasized.
Earlier this month, he said that the main task for 2023 is the continuation of the special operation in Ukraine until the full implementation of all its tasks.
The beginning of the operation was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, after the Donbass republics appealed for help in defending themselves against Kiev's attacks.