On occasion of the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, President Petro Poroshenko underscored the struggle of the UIA warriors against two powerful totalitarian regimes, each of which sought to enslave or eliminate Ukrainians.
The Head of State cited a fragment of the oath of the UIA soldier: “To fight for the complete liberation of all Ukrainian lands and the Ukrainian people from the invaders and gain a Ukrainian Independent United State. In this struggle, I will spare neither blood, nor life, and will fight to the last breath and the final victory over all the enemies of Ukraine”.
The President emphasized: “At the same time, tribute to the historic memory should not make the present and the future a hostage of the past. We remember everything great and do not forget the hard pages of our history”. He recalled a wise advise of John Paul II - forgive and ask for forgiveness, that is to feel not only your pain, but also that of the others. According to the Head of State, this is important in order to have good relations and trust with European neighbors.
“During the World War II, part of the Ukrainians resisted simultaneously two powerful totalitarian regimes, each of which sought to enslave or exterminate us. For most of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers, the war ended in May 1945. But not for the UIA warriors. Their struggle with the communist totalitarian regime lasted for more than another ten years,” Petro Poroshenko stressed. According to him, to beat the UIA warriors, Moscow’s regime resorted to inhuman methods. On October 21, it will be the 70th anniversary of “West” operation when Stalinist punishers deported over 76 thousand Ukrainians from the western regions of Ukraine to Siberia in one day.
“We can guarantee that such tragedies will never happen again only having our own strong, powerful, free and independent state. For this, we need a strong army that we’ve created in the last three years and that we’ve been constantly reinforcing,” the Head of State noted, adding that he will visit a military unit today to transfer another batch of weapons and equipment - 200 items, among which 62 tanks.
The Head of State expressed words of sincere gratitude to all servicemen for their heroism and courage, self-sacrifice, patriotism and loyalty to the military oath. He also thanked everyone who helps the Ukrainian troops and ATO veterans.
“Prince's warriors, Zaporozhian Cossacks, Sich Riflemen, warriors of the Ukrainian People’s Republic, Ukrainian Insurgent Army, soldier in the Second World War, warriors of the Armed Forces, the National Guard, other military units – they have been defending the Homeland for generations. They have contributed to the independence of our state with iron, blood and sweat. We are proud of our history,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President also recalled the 100th anniversary of the Army of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which defended the Ukrainian lands from the armed aggression of the Red and White Russia.
“Symon Petliura, Yevhen Konovalets, Petro Bolbochan, Marko Bezruchko, Vsevolod Petriv and thousands of soldiers and officers fiercely resisted the enemies. They wrote a lot of heroic pages in the history of the Ukrainian army. The exhibition located here today, on St. Sophia’s Square, and below on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, is devoted to them,” the President said. At the same time, Petro Poroshenko noted that not servicemen, but politicians had lost independence then. They were not responsible enough to unite in the face of an external threat. “It seems to me that not everyone in the modern political elite has read history books. However, my team has learned the lessons very well. As President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief, I guarantee that I will not allow the repeat of mistakes made one hundred years ago,” the Head of State noted.