United Nations: Marking the 65th anniversary
of the end of the World War II, India has paid tributes to the
soldiers who lost their life during the fight against Nazi
Noting the contribution of Indian soldiers in the war,
India`s ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, said: "It is
very important to also note and remember the huge
contributions and sacrifices made by people in other parts of
"This is certainly true of my country," Puri said.
The Indian envoy pointed out that at the start of the
World War II, the Indian army comprised of 200,000 men but
then grew to 2.5 million men.
"The largest volunteer force ever raised in history and it
participated in most of the crucial campaigns of World War II,
suffering nearly 35,000 fatalities and over a 100,000
injured," Puri said.
"Sacrifices of our valorous young men and their families
have ensured that we live in a world free of fascism," he
Several countries spoke at the commemoration that was
organised by Russia at the UN headquarters, which was attended
by many war veterans.
"There would be no United Nations without World War II,"
said Alejandro D Wolff, US Deputy Ambassador to the UN.
"Out of that great struggle came lasting resolve-a
determination to defend the inalienable rights of all people,
to unite against aggression, and to insist that civilians be
spared during even the most furious conflict," he added.
"I stand before you today to reaffirm that my country has
accepted its responsibility for the crimes committed by Nazi
Germany. This responsibility we will never abdicate," said
Peter Wittig, Germany`s ambassador to the UN.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out the appalling
death toll of 40 million civilians and 20 million soldiers,
nearly half of those in the Soviet Union alone.
"Those were years of unspeakable atrocities of lost faith
and lost humanity, "Ban said.
"Those years saw extraordinary bravery, as well. World War
II was one of the most epic struggles for freedom and
liberation in history," he added.