On the Day of Missile Troops and Artillery and the Day of Engineering Troops, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko attended the practical training session on increasing the combat capabilities of missile troops and artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which was held at the artillery range of the 43rd separate artillery brigade of the Land Troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The Head of State congratulated servicemen on a professional holiday and stressed that professional training, high organization, coherence and accuracy in the calculations were always important for them.
“After the Russian aggression in the east of our country with the assistance of the Kremlin’s "military store" has substantially increased its potential in air defense and made it difficult for us to use frontline and military aircraft, the missile troops and artillery became the main “player" on the battlefield. They account for more than 70% of the combat fire tasks of the Ukrainian troops that are fighting for the Ukrainian land, rebuffing the aggressor in the east of our country,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
The President noted: “Even today, when, according to the Minsk agreements, tanks and artillery of more than 100 mm calibre were withdrawn at a fixed distance, the missile and artillery units remain an important deterrent to the aggressor. And it clearly understands the price if someone dares to attack. That is why it is necessary to sharpen the skill of rapid response, movement and deployment of artillery and missile systems”.
“You have been taken away from the delimitation line, but you must be ready to go back there at any time and join the battle if it is dictated by the needs of the defense,” the President noted.
According to him, a clearly calculated and surgically performed artillery fire has repeatedly forced the enemy to abandon its aggressive plans, and a safe fire cover has saved thousands of lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.
The President noted that for the courage and heroism during the execution of combat missions, 1591 artillerymen were awarded. Unfortunately, 317 heroes died in battles with the Russian aggressor. The attendees honored the memory of the deceased with a moment of silence.
The Head of State also congratulated the military engineering troops on a professional holiday. "Due to the heroism and self-sacrifice of these warriors, under the constant bombardment of the enemy, fortifications were made and a reliable lane of engineering defenses of the first line of defense was created. Now, dozens of bridges and crossings destroyed by militants have been restored. More than one thousand square kilometers of territory were demined. This truly titanic work has saved hundreds of lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians," he said.
According to the President, the assistance of the military engineers to the local population is invaluable in restoring the infrastructure of the cities and villages damaged by the Russian aggressor. "With their hard work, they return the belief in life, in the future, the faith in Ukraine to thousands of people," the President emphasized.