President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that due to the reforms we managed to create a combat-capable and effective army, which is the guarantor of our state independence. The Head of State told this in a meeting of the Regional Development Council in Zhytomyr. According to him, now is the time when Ukraine chooses its future.
"It is very important that we are now relying on a solid foundation built over the past five years. We have built a Ukrainian army in a record time. Not restored, not modernized, but built a new army, which is now among the ten best armies in the continent. Our NATO partners learn combat experience from the Ukrainian Army," the President said.
"The army liberated two-thirds of Donbas, the army stopped the enemy and firmly holds the line on the eastern borders of the state. For the first time in history, we have got not paper, but real guarantees of our Ukrainian independence. And these guarantees are in the hands of our Ukrainian soldiers. Trained, well-armed, raised on the traditions of the Ukrainian liberation struggle," Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The Head of State thanked the residents of Zhytomyr for the support and assistance they provided and keep providing to the Ukrainian military units located in Zhytomyr, in particular the legendary 95th separate assault brigade.
The President thanked the residents of Zhytomyr for their courage and heroism in defending the state and paid tribute to 217 fallen heroes from Zhytomyr region who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of Ukraine.