Alexander Lukashenko: Modern Armed Forces and other troops and military formations are the guarantors of the country"s protection against a potential aggressor.Belarusis celebrating Day of Fatherland Defenders and the Armed Forces. Initially, 23 February was Red Army Day in honour of the victory over German troops in 1918. Today, it symbolises patriotism and loyalty to military duty.President Alexander Lukashenko has congratulated soldiers, sergeants, warrant officers and veterans on this holiday. In the current climate of global instabilityBelarusdemonstrates an example of a consistent policy of peace with firm determination to defend its national interests. Modern Armed Forces and other troops and military formations are the guarantors of the country"s protection against a potential aggressor, the message reads.Commemorative events will be held today across the country, with wreaths to be laid at theVictoryMonumentand a moment of silence to be observed in honour of those who died defending their Fatherland.