The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko after the parade dedicated to the Independence Day, also congratulated the column of volunteers who took the first blow of Russia in the East.

Communicating with the soldiers, the President said that the Armed forces of Ukraine will always be his priority.

“Many thanks to the participants of the ATO. My dear, I want to congratulate you on your 25th anniversary. Independence could stay on number 23, and that it is not stopped, a huge part of this is your merit. In the most difficult for our Ukraine in the hours, weeks and days you were the first to protect Ukraine. And if not for your heroism, if not for your courage, as unknown, there would be Ukraine”, – said the head of state.

The President on behalf of the Ukrainian people thanked the soldiers for their courage, professionalism and patriotism.

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Poroshenko stressed that currently the army uses the great confidence of the Ukrainian people.

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“We will appreciate and our army will develop. And the times when Ukraine was left without an army, will never return, they remained in the past forever. And the army, the Armed Forces will always be my first priority,” – said the head of state.

See also: In Kiev held a military parade for Independence Day (photos)

Poroshenko volunteers: I thank each of you 24.08.2016

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