Fellow Ukrainian citizens!
On behalf of
the Government I congratulate You on the Day
of the Armed
Forces of Ukraine!
The Ukrainian army
today is a source of pride
of the entire
Ukrainian nation. Our troops, our
young generation, men and women
demonstrate unconquerable will, patriotism and faithful fulfillment
of the military
oath, when they heroically defend the Motherland
and stand for the country’s
independence and territorial integrity in the east.
Only four years
ago, as a result of impunity
and dismantlement of statehood, the
Armed Forces of Ukraine were
on the verge
of collapse. We remember the
unprecedented volunteer movement, which is still doing
its utmost to provide our
fighters with everything they need, we remember
the courage and resoluteness of our defenders
and military officers, especially in the first
two years of the war,
when the enemy used force
against our state.
At that time,
the whole country had faced
a formidable task - to modernize the
army in conditions
of hostile aggression and active hostilities. And now we
have every reason to be
proud of the Ukrainian army:
today the Armed Forces of
Ukraine are capable of performing
the tasks of the highest
level of complexity, and our soldiers and
officers are high-qualified specialists. The Ukrainian Army
has become one of the
strongest armed forces on the
continent today and one of
the 30 best armies in the
world. And the essential thing
is that in
society the respect for their
defenders and their risky profession
has increased, and at the
same time the social status
of servicemen is steadily increasing.
It's especially heartwarming to watch how hundreds
of people with flowers solemnly
greet military units that return
from rotation in the area
of Anti-Terrorist Operation
to their homes.
The core objective
for the Government
is to ensure
that by 2020 the Armed Forces
of Ukraine must meet all
the basic standards of NATO. I am adamant that
we will be
able to achieve
the planned and, in the
medium term, to reach the
strategic goal of joining the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
I express my
immense gratitude to all soldiers
and officer personnel of the
Armed Forces of Ukraine for
the conscientious and brave performance
of military duty and protection
of the Motherland.
Let us forever
cherish the memory of those
who gave lives, protecting their homes and
I wish all
soldiers of the Armed Forces
good health, professional growth, good fortune and
safe journey home!
Glory to Ukraine!
Glory to the Heroes!
Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr GROYSMAN