On February 15, a memorable date is celebrated in the Republic of Belarus - the Day of Remembrance of the Soldiers-Internationalists. On this day in 1989, the last Soviet soldier crossed the bridge of the Amu Darya border river near Termez - the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was completed. The war in Afghanistan lasted 9 years 1 month and 18 days.
Over 14,000 Soviet soldiers died on foreign soil, 6,000 subsequently died from wounds and diseases, and 311 people went missing. These were the biggest losses of the Soviet Army since the Great Patriotic War.
About 30 thousand natives of Belarus served in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. Of these, 771 people died, 12 people are missing, more than one and a half thousand were injured and maimed, 718 became disabled. Today, more than 4,000 veterans of the war in Afghanistan live in Minsk alone, of which more than 200 are disabled, as well as 97 families - the parents and widows of dead internationalist soldiers. For them, it's Remembrance Day.