President Poroshenko: We Must Always be Ready to Defend Independence

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the military parade “We swear allegiance to you, Ukraine!” on the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine.

Addressing compatriots, the Head of State emphasized: “Never in 23 years has this day been so majestic as today. People have never celebrated it as sincerely as today, with Ukrainian flag in every window, on every balcony. And all of it is happening despite hard times for the country”.

The President noted that developments of recent months became a real war for us though it hasn’t been declared. Probably, it will go down in history as Patriotic War 2014. “The war against foreign aggression. For Ukraine, for its will, dignity and glory, for the people. For Independence,” the Head of State said.

Petro Poroshenko emphasized that struggle for the victory became a nationwide movement, the case of everyone. “I am confident that the battle for Ukraine, for independence will end up successfully for us due to the nationwide solidarity multiplied by courage and heroism of our warriors,” he stated.

According to the President, new Ukrainian army has been born in recent 6 months of exhausting battles. The expression “defender of Motherland” has received concrete sense. “There are a lot of battles and dates in the heroic chronicle of the Ukrainian army worthy to become the Day of Defender of Motherland. Ukraine will never again celebrate this holiday under military-historical calendar of the neighboring country. We will honor defenders of our Motherland, not someone else’s!” the President emphasized.

Petro Poroshenko thanked warriors for their allegiance to oath, service to Ukraine, its sacrificial defense and noted that he would like to bow to every Ukrainian woman “who lost husband or son, grandson or brother”, “who believes in victory and is waiting for the return of her native, best, beloved”.

The Head of State expressed particular gratitude to volunteers. “Your help has been especially important in the first weeks of aggression when we inherited the state without army, police, special services, weapons,” the President said.

“Our enemy has been training hard for a long time to attack Ukraine. And we were not prepared for such an insidious treachery,” the President stressed recalling the ancient Roman wisdom: “Si vis pacem, para bellum”.

Emphasizing that war was not our initiative and it had been inflicted from abroad, the President noted: “Our choice is peace, implementation of the peace plan for the Donbas which I have elaborated and offered in June already. But steps towards peace cannot be unilateral and be made at the cost of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine”.

Noting that unfortunately, Ukraine will always face a military threat, the President says that we must learn to live with that. “We must always be ready to defend independence,” he said informing that billions of UAH would be allocated for the upgrade of arms and military equipment already until the end of the year. It is planned to allocate UAH 40 billion for the rearmament and upgrade of military equipment in 2015-2017.

“We will manage to defend the Independence, life and security of everyone, our right to live freely on our Ukrainian land at the cost of colossal efforts of the entire nation,” the Head of State said.


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