President of Ukraine

Speeches

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

The decision of the European Parliament is much broader than visa-free travel or freedom of movement. It means greater pride for Ukrainian citizenship and greater attractiveness of Ukrainian passport. It is a symbol of Ukraine’s belonging to common European civilization. It is a bright marker that Ukraine is a part of united Europe, from Lisbon to Kharkiv, and we share common values. It is an evidence of strategic correctness of our European choice, success and irreversibility of our course towards integration into Europe.

President's New Year address

31 December 2016 - 23:55

There are more grounds for optimism than a year ago. It still will not be easy, but the worst in the economy is already behind. The main task for myself is to maintain proper political conditions for the development of the country. And, of course, to enhance our defense capacity, international support of Ukraine and ensure rapprochement with the EU and NATO.

It is Euromaidan, Revolution of Dignity and Heavenly Hundred who have determined the European vector of Ukraine irreversibly. We are moving in the right direction and towards right goals. But the path towards stars of Europe, just as anyone else, goes through the thorns - рer aspera ad astra. That is why it is so difficult on the road. That is why mistakes in solving complicated problems are inevitable.

I would like to use this opportunity to sincerely congratulate Donald Trump on having been elected President of the United States of America and friendly American people on a really democratic expression. I think this a symbol of real democracy when nobody knows what would be the results of the elections until the very last moment of counting the votes. This a true democracy which has been professed and promoted by our reliable strategic American partners and friends.

So, the Babyn Yar tragedy is a warning to the entire mankind: any regime that sets human rights and freedoms at naught threatens humanity. Our moral duty is to prevent the repeat of crimes against humankind and humanity.