On behalf of
the Government I congratulate You on the Day
of the Ground
Forces Day of the Armed
Forces of Ukraine.
Land forces are
the most numerous branch of the Armed
Forces and play a prominent and leading role
in ensuring the defense capability
of our country.
Ground forces troops are carrying
out the most
perilous assignments in Anti-Terrorist Operation Zone and they
bear burnt of confronting the enemy and
protecting the Ukrainian territory. The servicemen of the Ground
Forces, who conduct military operations on the
land, are the main assault
force of the Armed Forces,
thus they are the shield
of the modern
Ukrainian army and they continue
its worthy and ambitious history.
Therefore, the issue of financing
the Armed Forces is high
on the Government
’s agenda. By 2020 the Ukrainian
Army must be in line
with basic NATO standards and meet
the criteria for membership in the Alliance.
Such reforms and modernization, first and foremost,
concern the Ground Forces, which will provide
Ukraine with reliable protection of the best
It is gratifying
to note that
ground forces constitute a basis for creating a new model of
the Armed Forces that will
be highly effective, optimal in number, mobile,
well-armed, able to perform tasks
in all conditions.
We have made
significant progress regarding the issue
of developing our army. The
ground troops are the hard
nut that serves as the
guarantor of the security of
the state, that is also
a high-quality management and logistic combination
of missile forces and artillery,
aviation and air defense, mechanized
and tank units, special forces and engineering
and combat service support.
I express my
gratitude to the entire military
personnel of the Ground Forces
for your honest service, decent performance of military duty,
devotion to the Motherland, high professionalism in military affairs,
courage and valor demonstrated in battles with
Eternal memory to
the fallen soldiers!
I wish all
servicemen of the Ground Forces
sound health, good fortune and
safe journey home!
Glory to Ukraine!
Glory to the Heroes!
Prime Minister of Ukraine