March for Peace in Cosnita
CHISINAU, March 15, 2012 — Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta, along with Dniester war veterans and citizens of Cosnita village, Dubasari, took part in a March for Peace organized Wednesday, March 14, by the local authorities. The event was meant to commemorate victims of the 1992 war.
20 years after Cosnita fights, state officials and common citizens laid flowers on the place where the tragic events were held. Then, they gathered for a march of commemoration to the monument of heroes dead in the war for independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova.
At the meeting of commemoration, where pupils from the local school took part too, the participants called out the names of people dead on Cosnita platform in 1992.
“It is a known fact that a nation doesn’t have a present or future if it doesn’t know its past. It’s a moral duty of each us to remember those dead in the 1992 war. Today, we are here to commemorate and appreciate the patriotism of citizens who defended our homeland and nation”, Defense Minister Vitalie Marinuta stated during the ceremony.
The fight from Cosnita, one of the most violent events of the 1992 war, started in the night of March 13 to 14, 1992, when the village was attacked by the separatist forces.
According to the official data, 43 Moldovan citizens died in Cosnita. A total of 287 people died in the Dniester War. Nearly 40 citizens were declared missing and other 3,500 were injured.