Veterans ask for revision of negative official attitude toward Afghan War
Afghan War veteran organizations have asked for a revision of the negative opinion about the deployment of Soviet forces in Afghanistan given at a congress of Soviet people's deputies in 1989.
"The Russian Union of Afghan War Veterans intends to advise the supreme commander to review the political opinion about the deployment of Soviet forces in Afghanistan given at a congress of Soviet people's deputies in 1989," State Duma deputy Franz Klintsevich said at a scientific and practical conference in Moscow on Tuesday.
The conference marked the 25th anniversary of the pullout of Soviet forces from Afghanistan.
"The politically and legally unsound description of the Afghan War as a failed gamble, which was officially given by the congress of people's deputies, has yet to be reviewed," Klintsevich said.
In his words, the hastily drawn conclusion by the deputies led to half measures in many areas, including social and healthcare support to Afghan War veterans.
The Soviet forces in Afghanistan sustained 15,051 men killed in action and over 50,000 wounded. Some 417 servicemen were declared POW or MIA and only a third of them were rescued, he continued.
"More than 200,000 soldiers, officers and generals were awarded government orders and medals in the war years; 86 were granted the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Hero of Russia, 25 of them posthumously," Klintsevich said.