President Petro Poroshenko says that Ukraine, defending its independence and territorial integrity from the Russian aggression, has broken free of the long-standing cultural occupation.
"We have broken free of cultural occupation, which is as dangerous as physical occupation. Over the past five years, the Ukrainian language, the Ukrainian-language song, the Ukrainian-language book, the Ukrainian-language cinematography gained a solid position in the cultural space and, most importantly, in our hearts, the hearts of all Ukrainians," Petro Poroshenko said during the commemoration of Taras Shevchenko in Kaniv.
The Head of State emphasized: "Over the last five years, the Ukrainian language has finally gained its place. And we achieved it wisely, without violating the rights of speakers of other languages".
"We stopped the long-standing humiliation when we literally had to save the Ukrainian language in Ukraine. Today, its position is stronger than ever. Today, we have a higher ambition - to present our culture and language to the whole world, so that it can properly evaluate its beauty and strength," he said.
Petro Poroshenko also emphasized that our nation, our people had gained the Tomos. Now the dream of generations of Ukrainians has finally come true - we have an autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine. "This event has already been called the geopolitical disaster of the millennium for Putin. Let it be so," he said.
According to him, having overcome the consequences of the economic and social crisis caused by Russian aggression and economic blockade, we are now opening the second front - the front of struggle against poverty. "We managed to stop the external enemy, I firmly believe we can overcome poverty as well," he convinced.