BISHKEK. The newly created Motherland Defender's Day was officially marked in Kyrgyzstan today. The day, February 23, was established by government decree last month. It is based on the old Soviet tradition of marking the Soviet Army day. An official gathering took place at the 'Jengish' (Victory) square in the capital Bishkek. Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev told the crowd that the celebration is devoted to the patriotic upbringing of a new generation of Kyrgyzstanis.