The external and internal challenges facing Ukraine today require responsibility, confidence and concrete action from every citizen. In order to strengthen the consolidation of Ukrainian society, strengthen its resilience in the face of growing hybrid threats, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared February 16, 2022 the Day of Unity.
The Head of State signed relevant decree № 53/2022.
As the President noted in his address, today Ukraine is being intimidated by the great war and the date of the military invasion is being set again. But our state is stronger now than ever.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that this is not the first threat faced by the strong Ukrainian people, which has once again shown their best qualities - unity and the will to win.
"Today, we clearly understand all the challenges we face and what to do about them. We are confident, but not self-confident. We understand all the risks. We are constantly monitoring the situation, working out various scenarios, preparing worthy responses to all possible aggressive actions," he said.
According to the Head of State, Ukraine has something to respond with: its excellent army with unique combat experience and modern weapons, Ukrainian diplomacy, which has gained the support of almost all leaders of the civilized world. The state also has sufficient reserves to maintain the national currency and ensure the stability of the financial system.
"We are told that February 16 will be the day of the attack. We will make it the Day of Unity," the President stressed and announced the signing of the relevant decree.
According to the document, on February 16 the State Flag of Ukraine will be raised on houses and buildings in all settlements of our country, and at 10:00 the National Anthem will be played.
In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine must approve an action plan, providing for an increase in monetary payment for the Armed Forces by 30% from March 1, 2022 and increase to 20% from the beginning of 2022 in funding for servicemen of the State Border Guard Service and the National Guard of Ukraine.
A single information platform "UArazom" must also be created to provide daily information to the public about the real state of the security situation, measures taken to strengthen the state's defense capabilities, as well as the organization of appropriate informational and explanatory work on public safety.
The government must accelerate the establishment and functioning of the system of territorial defense, and provide adequate resources for measures to prepare citizens for national resistance.
Officials must be at work and perform their duties in accordance with the oath taken; in case of violations, sanctions will be applied to them.