November 6, in the framework of a working visit to Latvia, Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota
Straujuma participated in the opening of the monument
to Taras Shevchenko.
noted that this event became possible thanks to the Ukrainian community of
Latvia, patrons of the art, "who found an opportunity to raise money and
build a memorial to the Ukrainian visionary Taras
gratitude to the Head of the Latvian Government for the Latvian Government had also
put in efforts the monument to be installed in Riga.
noted that the monument depicts a young poet: "Shevchenko was 23 when he
wrote The Wide Dnipro Roars And Moans.
He was 29 when he wrote An Open Grave. He, then being a young man, showed a picture
of the future of Ukraine. He is so young, as the Ukrainian state is".
The Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed
that both histories of Ukraine and Latvia
"had dark pages which are the
pages of Soviet occupation": "Taras
Shevchenko was the man who struggled with imperialism, misanthropic regimes.
He fought for freedom, for the freedom of the Ukrainian people, and he fought
for Ukraine being in the free and new family.
And this family is a large Europe", he accentuated.
"We spare no effort
to ensure that Ukraine could really become part of a United
Europe. This path is not easy. But there is no other way. This is the path towards
freedom, prosperity to help Ukraine overcome
all the challenges that befell
our nation," he said.
The Head of Ukrainian
Government reminded the words of Taras Shevchenko:
"Fight and you will win,
May God help you!" "Therefore, go ahead, only the true
fight for our future, together with our Latvian friends," stressed