President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasizes that military intelligence, through its complex and painstaking daily work, reinforces Ukraine's national security system, its power and independence. And now it is at an important stage of development.
Speaking at the celebrations on the occasion of the Day of Military Intelligence of Ukraine, the President noted that the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense has significantly increased intelligence capabilities, enhanced information and analytical activities, as well as the potential of electronic, air and space intelligence.
"Among other things, the efforts of our intelligence agencies helped Ukraine gain the status of a NATO Enhanced Opportunities Partner," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
At the same time, according to the President, the Main Intelligence Directorate still has many tasks ahead.
"The present and the future require new methods, forms and means of both armed struggle and reconnaissance," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.
One of the key factors in the success of intelligence, according to the President, is the formation of a strict personnel policy, because random people have no place here. Only rigorous selection of professional and patriotic personnel will ensure the success of the Main Intelligence Directorate.
The work of intelligence officers is an invisible intense intellectual duel, which always, especially in conditions of war, lasts around the clock and without days off "for the sake of peace, tranquility and stability of Ukraine," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
"For the seventh year, we have been confronting an enemy whose actions are difficult to predict. That is why the information you have obtained is so important. Timely and, most importantly, reliable information. It determines not only the adoption of important political decisions, but also the viability of the entire state mechanism. Without you, our state, I say frankly, is blind, deaf and almost powerless," the Head of State noted.
The President stressed that the work of military intelligence creates a positive image of Ukraine and the Armed Forces, opposes Russian propaganda and tells the truth to the foreign diplomatic circles and the media about the events taking place in our country.
"By always going unnoticed, you demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness every moment. You identify potential challenges and threats to national interests and effectively counteract them on a daily basis," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
Congratulating the reconnaissance officers on their professional holiday, the Head of State thanked them for the work they do with honor for the sake of Ukraine.
"Only by joint efforts will we be able to stop the difficult and dreadful war for our country and ensure the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity. On this solemn day, I wish all personnel, military intelligence veterans and your families a good health, harmony, love, unshakable faith in our victory and a bright future for Ukraine," the President said.
During the visit to the military unit where intelligence officers are trained, the Head of State got himself acquainted with the conditions of training of the special purpose unit, the training base of the military camp, samples of equipment, special equipment and technical means in the structural units of the Main Intelligence Directorate.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented state awards to the best warriors.
The ceremony was also attended by Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak, his deputy Roman Mashovets, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, his first deputy Ruslan Demchenko, Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Taran, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Serhiy Korniychuk, Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kyrylo Budanov.
The attendees honored the memory of the reconnaissance officers who died defending the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.