On behalf of
the Government I congratulate You on the Day of
Dignity and Freedom!
modern history, Ukrainians have twice gathered in Independence Square to
protect their European choice, dignity and freedom. During the second Maidan, four years ago, there took place events which led
to radical transformations in Ukrainian society. As counterbalance to the
brutality and total pressure of the ruling regime, the entire nation stood
united in order to prove that the path of Ukraine is European civilization, and
it is our right to determine the future.
Ukraine amid difficulties stays committed to the reform path in almost every
social and state sphere. Ukraine's cooperation with Western partners, first and
foremost, the European Union and North Atlantic Alliance has reached a
qualitatively new level. The Association Agreement between the European Union
and Ukraine unveils the opportunity to deepen trade, economic, energy
integration with the European Union member states and in parallel to bring
national legislation in line with the European law. Ukraine continues to expand
the free trade zone with other Western countries that enables the country to
boost an economic upturn, intensify competition and encourage domestic
enterprises to open new markets. Cooperation with NATO has never been so
intense and fruitful - in the future the Ukrainian army will meet the basic
standards of the Alliance.
challenges, inter alia the annexation of Crimea and hostilities in Donbas unleashed
by the Kremlin-backed militants as well as resource, economic, industrial,
infrastructure and, above all, human losses as a result, Ukraine had endured
and overcome crisis phenomena. We spare no efforts to ensure that economic
growth does not lose the momentum. The financial sector has been stabilized.
Minimum pensions and wages are improving. Medical and educational reforms have
kicked off. Roads are being modernized. The decentralization process that
enables to accumulate resources and powers on the ground and create
opportunities for the development of the regional economy and social sphere
remains in focus.
The Day of
Dignity and Freedom is an exceptional holiday because it encapsulates months of
unprecedented courage, sacrifice and pluckiness of our citizens - men and
women, the elderly and the young, people with different political views and
cultural preferences, speaking different languages and with different faiths,
who had shown to the entire world their resolute opposition to arbitrariness,
lawlessness and subterfuge. At the same time, it is a holiday of memory about
the heroical deed of the newest Ukrainian heroes, the
holiday of our unity, our indomitable will! Together we will change Ukraine,
because nothing will break people in whose hearts there is a place for the
lofty ideals of Prosperity and Freedom!
Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!
Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman