PRES­I­DENT’S AD­DRESS ON OC­CA­SION OF IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY

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Dear com­pa­tri­ots! Con­grat­u­la­tions on the Day In­de­pen­dence of Ukraine!

of 22 years ago, Ukraine gained its po­lit­i­cal sovereignty. To­day, our coun­try makes ev­ery­thing to achieve eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and wel­fare. The path of our coun­try demon­strates that we are able to de­velop our own state re­spon­si­bly and in­de­pen­dently.

hol­i­day - 1025th an­niver­sary of Chris­tian­iza­tion of Kievan Rus’. Chris­tian­iza­tion be­came a his­tor­i­cal mile­stone that brought Kievan Rus’ to the new civ­i­liza­tional level and led it to the fam­ily of Chris­tian Euro­pean na­tions. to unite for the sake of our com­mon goal – es­tab­lish­ment of eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful, demo­cratic and in­de­pen­dent Ukraine that would be the rea­son for pride for our par­ents and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. a pros­per­ous and so­cially fair state I be­lieve in Ukrainian peo­ple, its mil­len­nial wis­dom, power and per­se­ver­ance.

Con­grat­u­la­tions on the In­de­pen­dence Day! and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of our coun­try. And no mat­ter who would want to stop us on this path, he will not suc­ceed. In­deed, the world of the 21st cen­tury has be­come even more com­plex and di­verse. To­day we are wit­ness­ing new crises and tur­moil that seemed im­pos­si­ble in late 20th cen­tury. The end of “hot” and “cold” wars of the last cen­tury, the de­struc­tion of to­tal­i­tar­ian sys­tems, the Ro­man­ti­cism of na­tional re­vival and dy­namic devel­op­ment of the world econ­omy - all of this in­di­cated the pos­si­bil­ity of a new era be­gin­ning - the era of hu­man­ism and global sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. But the his­tory ex­posed im­ma­tu­rity of the mankind, ar­ro­gance of politi­cians and in­tel­lec­tu­als. At the same time, these new crises are a chal­lenge for all, with­out ex­cep­tion, na­tions and states, a test for in­de­pen­dence, wis­dom, and will to achieve new trans­for­ma­tions and de­vel­op­ments. I am deeply con­vinced that in to­day’s world in­de­pen­dence, the abil­ity to solve prob­lems and achieve goals is a sign of ma­ture, in­ter­nally con­sol­i­dated and spir­i­tu­ally rich society. These are the qual­i­ties in­her­ent in the Ukrainian peo­ple and the cur­rent state of Ukraine. We learn to prop­erly han­dle our free­dom. We are not shut­ting our­selves out of the world, do not paint it in black and white col­ors, we are con­sis­tent in our pol­icy of harmonious peace and di­a­logue. And we will never sup­port the pol­icy of new walls and con­fronta­tion.

We strongly de­fend our own in­ter­ests. In­de­pen­dence has be­come for us a real teacher in mak­ing strate­gic de­ci­sions and de­ter­min­ing the paths of our devel­op­ment based pri­mar­ily on our own re­sources.

We have grown to be re­spon­si­ble al­lies and part­ners. We strive to build equal re­la­tions and are will­ing to seek com­pro­mises that strengthen sta­bil­ity and bring pros­per­ity to us and to all our neigh­bors. Our strength is based on our in­ter­nal unity in an effort to achieve mean­ing­ful change. There­fore, the pol­icy of mod­ern­iza­tion in all spheres of life is an ex­pres­sion of the best in­ter­ests of the Ukrainian peo­ple. In the early years of in­de­pen­dence we laid the foun­da­tions of state­hood and free en­ter­prise. But the im­per­fect, post-Soviet na­ture of pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions hin­ders our devel­op­ment.

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