On Wednesday, June
25 the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk participated in an awarding
ceremony of “Zavtra.UA” initiative to support talented youth. He personally
handed over the awards to the winners in the initiative’s rating - Tetyana Shyrina, Halyna Beschasna and Oleh Rymarenko.
addressed all the fellows and stressed nowadays “we are living in another
Ukraine”. “It is not the same “Zavtra.UA” as a year or two ago, and not the same
Ukraine. It is Ukraine that is undergoing the most difficult challenges
throughout all independence years and is suffering from war on its territory”.
occupied Crimea, made military aggression and seized our territory. Russia
started supporting bandits and still continues doing it in Luhansk and Donetsk,
who are just trying to tear the country apart,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
According to him,
the country is at war of ideologies: “Russia opposes you to be free. Those who
started war in Eastern Ukraine oppose everyone of us to
be a free person and know what freedom means”.
“We stand for
freedom. We stand for will. We promote democracy. We promote human rights, respect
for the international law and respect for our partners, for the modern world
without war. But we are at war, it came to our homes, to our friends, simple
people we have never seen,” the Head of Government emphasized.
highlighted in such a time it is vital for the country to demonstrate cohesion
and unity, responsibility and purposefulness: “None should feel fear and
depression, as it is far more terrible than weapon, guns, terrorists and
“This is the way
not a territory but a state is shaped. This is the way the population is
transformed into people and nation. However, it is hard to say, it is hard to
overcome,” he accentuated.
“I want to see
Ukraine a model European country. But it is not enough just to want, we should
work hard to achieve that, we should know what to do… The EU isn’t something
written in paper, it is what you believe in,” the Prime Minister said.
appealed to the fellows of “Zavtra.UA”: “A new generation doesn’t mean age, but
mentality, knowledge, values and responsibility”.
According to him,
progress within the country “isn’t just decisions of the Government or
Parliament. Progress means generating of energy of millions who wish to achieve
“You are capable to
become a driving force of this progress. The largest responsibility for the
fate of the country will be placed on your shoulders. We will preserve our state, we will stand all the tests. I have confidence in you
as a qualitatively new Ukrainian generation, different and just better people
who have no post-Soviet burden,” the Head of Government said.
He wished the
fellow winners not to lose desire to make new achievements: “In order to prove
daily you are the best. Just imagine we have a thousand of people proving they
are best, then 10 thousand, 100 thousand. Can you imagine the unique society we
will have in the country?”
difficult. But we will overcome the difficulties. Struggle and you’ll win. We
will win together,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.
“Zavtra.UA” is the largest private nationwide initiative to support gifted
youth in Ukraine. It is established to promote formation and strengthening of a
new generation of intellectual and business elites of the country. From the
moment it was established in 2006 around 2200 students have become the