President of Ukraine


The Supreme Court is independent and principal in the system. In the further formation of the judicial system, people will look up to you. Other judges will be guided by your decisions. As President, I address all of you: return public confidence in justice to people and please always remember the price paid by Ukraine for an independent and fair court.

Ukraine has considerable progressed along the way of internal transformations. Despite existential challenges by Russian aggression. I would like to express my particular gratitude that the Council of Europe, including this Assembly, actively supports the reform process in Ukraine. Looking back at the accomplishments of Ukraine, I am particularly pleased that the 2015-2017 Action Plan of the Council of Europe for Ukraine has become our common story of success. The progress reached is a joint result of Ukraine and the Council of Europe. We hope that the new Action Plan for 2018-2021, which is currently drafted in the Council of Europe, will be even more ambitious and successful.

We really need to ensure that all courts in Ukraine are anti-corruption. All without exception. To do this, we are making a reform. However, a separate judicial anti-corruption vertical line must be created in the composition of a separate Anti-Corruption Court, cassation instance - the anti-corruption chamber in the Supreme Court of Ukraine and, as the Verkhovna Rada will determine, departments of the anti-corruption court on the ground.

Ukraine has regained its own place and vocation in the new world. Our vocation is to become the Eastern border of the European civilization, a contributor to European and international security, an engine of the continental economy.

This is a final “goodbye” to the Russian empire and the words “back in the USSR” will be heard only listening to Beatles. We will never return to the Soviet Union because we, proud and free democratic nation, return to the family of European nations. And I am proud that we succeeded.

Ukraine has always felt a reliable shoulder of the U.S. in building up strong institutions, vibrant civil society and prosperous market economy. With that support, Ukraine gradually becomes a more robust stronghold of democracy in the region. I shall thank our U.S. friends for your genuine support of Ukraine throughout all this years. But most importantly I would like to thank the U.S. for your support these days.

Entry into force of the Association Agreement, free trade area and visa-free regime with the EU that will start in exactly 10 days are crucially important on our way to the United Europe. We are strongly committed to reach our strategic goal. This is the guarantee of our freedom, independence and territorial integrity. Europe is our civilizational choice.

We don't have peace for one reason: Russians are not interested in reaching peace. They are interested in exerting control.