The President of Ukraine and his wife honored memory of Taras Shevchenko and laid flowers to the monument to the Great Kobzar on Tarasova Mountain in Kaniv.
During the speech at the ceremony of awarding the Taras Shevchenko National Prize, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko noted that throughout the world the birthday of the genius of the Ukrainian people, the most famous and prominent Ukrainian poet is celebrated today.
"We, Ukrainians, are used to open Kobzar in the days of anxiety or joy. We know that we will always find the lines giving strength and inspiration,” the Head of State noted.
"For us, Ukrainians, Taras Shevchenko was the first in a series of heroes who paved the way for an independent united Ukrainian state. He led the heroes of the Ukrainian Revolution and the warriors who fought for Ukraine against two totalitarian regimes in the Second World War. And now "Kobzar" can be seen very often in the trenches on the frontline. This means that Shevchenko is our Ukrainian spiritual weapon, as necessary as tanks and cannons," Petro Poroshenko said.
The President recalled the words of Shevchenko told by Serhiy Nigoyan on Maidan: “Keep fighting – you are sure to win! God helps you in your fight!”.
"Then these words were heard on the frontline of war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. I am proud to report here to Taras as the President of a great nation, which is united in its aspiration to defeat the enemy and build a great successful country," the President said.
The Head of State stressed that due to the efforts of the authorities and the people of Ukraine, in a very short period of time, we had managed to create the "army that effectively defends our land, rebuffs the enemy who planned the Blitzkrieg and the seizure of Kyiv".
"Now we have a true guarantee of statehood - the army hardened in battles, one of the best in the world,” Petro Poroshenko said.
"Army, language, faith is a solid foundation of the state we have laid. We are already building the walls of the future Ukraine on it - a country of free, happy and prosperous people," the Head of State noted.