Mongolians know very well about “Borisoglebskiy 11” Street right in the centre of Moscow, located near New Arbat Avenue. Borisoglebskiy 11 Street is the address of the Embassy of Mongolia in Moscow, and a bronze monument which depicts Mongolian horses pulling artillery will catch your eye when you enter the backyard of the embassy. The monument titled “On the Roads of War” was gifted by President Ts.Elbegdorj to the Russian Federation during his visit participating in the 70th anniversary of Victory Day.
The ceremony of the setting of the monument’s foundation stone at Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow was one of the many events organised within the framework of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Mongolia. Andrey Kulik, Director of the First Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia; Sergey Mirzoyan, Chief Moscow Inspector for State Protection of Items of Cultural Heritage; D.Davaasuren, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mongolia; B.Delgermaa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to Russia; and other officials and embassy staff participated in this ceremony held on November 3.
After the war themed Russian and Mongolian songs as well as the national anthems of the two countries echoed alternately over Poklonnaya Hill, officials of the two sides made congratulatory speeches. “On last year’s Victory Day, the president of Mongolia presented this monument of Mongolian horses pulling artillery through rough roads against the whistling of bullets,” stated Andrey Kulik, who also noted that expanding relations with Mongolia is one of the foreign policy priorities for Russia.
Reciprocating the praise, Mongolian Ambassador to Russia B.Delgermaa stated: “I would like to say that the people of Mongolia will forever remember the help of the Soviet people in protecting our country, territorial integrity and sovereignty, and honour the ultimate sacrifice made by the brave men and women at the Battles of the Khalkha River.” She also expressed deep gratitude to the Commission for Monument Art of the Moscow City Duma, which made the decision to place the monument at Poklonnaya Hill (a location sacred to the military history of Russia) on October 12 of this year with the support of the Russian Government and the Moscow administration.
“On the Roads of War” – the symbol of the friendship of our two countries – will be placed at Victory Park, the most respected and prestigious part of Poklonnaya Hill, during next year’s Victory Day as a reminder of the historical and loyal friendship between the two countries for generations to come.
During WWII, the Mongolian People’s Republic supplied the Soviet Union with horses. During the years of war, the people of Mongolia sent more than 500,000 horses. By 1943, one in five frontline horses were Mongolian.
We asked Andrey Kulik about his impression of the event after representatives of the two countries who attended the ceremony posed for a photo.
“The Russian people always remember and respect the historic tradition of our friendship strengthened through the Battles of the Khalkha River, the Manchuria hills and Lake Khasan,” he said. “The assistance the Mongolian people sent during World War II in the form of food, strong horses, warm clothing and military equipment was invaluable. Mongolia and Russia celebrated together the 75th anniversary of the victory at the Khalkha River in 2014, and we celebrated the 70th anniversary of V-E Day last year. This year, we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Leaving a legacy of the shared history our two nations for the next generation is our responsibility.”
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